Tiger Woods decided to retire The Players Championship – PGA Tour event took place in Florida from 12/3 – because of instability in the back.
According to the representative of the American superstar, Mark Steinberg, the client’s back is not worrisome in the long run, but Woods is not ready to play.
The Players Championship is known as the “fifth major”, alongside the traditional quartet of The Masters, PGA Championship, US Open and The Open Championship. Woods won The Players Championship in 2001 and 2013. This year’s tournament kicked off on March 12, with a $ 15 million prize fund, with Rory McIlroy as the current champion.
From The Players Championship to The Masters, which opens on April 9, the weekly PGA Tour features Valspar Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, a small-scale event in Dominica, and Valero Texas Open. As a rule of thumb, Woods did not win the tournament in the previous week major. Moreover, at the age of 44, his body did not allow him to compete much.
Woods has been a professional player since 1996, owning 15 major in the record 82 cups and many professional records in PGA Tour history. But in a 24-year career, at the age of 44, he also had eight surgeries, including four in the back and the rest in the knee, the last being August 2019.
Recovering from spinal surgery in April 2017, Woods competed with a heavy schedule in 2018, and then selectively to avoid risks. Last season, he attended only 12 tournaments, including champion The Masters.
This season, Woods played three times, and won the Zozo Championship to reach a record for the cup at the PGA Tour. Everything seemed fine until the Genesis Invitational, which was presided over by Woods.
After the penultimate round, he said, “I have a stiff back, especially on a cold day. It’s not normal to walk.” Woods then finishes at the bottom of the board when he clears the screen. He decided not to attend the WGC-Mexico Championship, Honda Classic last week, Arnold Palmer Invitational this week and next week’s The Players.