Tiger Woods Taking Break, Due To Injury & To Improve

By Parish Hodges  |  02/12/2015

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods will be absent from the PGA Tour and says he will not return, due to both his lackluster performance and an injury.

The golf superstar released a lengthy statement this week, via his official website, explaining his decision.

The last two weeks have been very disappointing to me, especially Torrey, because I never want to withdraw. Unfortunately, lately injuries have made that happen too often.

This latest injury is not related to my previous surgery. I am having daily physical therapy and I am feeling better every day.

Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me. My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I've said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I'm ready, I'll be back. Next week I will practice at Medalist and at home getting ready for the rest of the year. I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game. I'd like to play The Honda Classic -- it's a tournament in my hometown and it's important to me -- but I won't be there unless my game is tournament-ready. That's not fair to anyone. I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon.

I want to thank the fans in Phoenix and San Diego. They were amazing. I greatly appreciate everyone's support.

The announcement comes after he recorded a career-worst 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open to miss the cut, and then, had to withdraw from the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this month after 12 holes due to a back injury.