Jul 21, 2016

    Injured Woods to sit out rest of season


    TIGER Woods has shut it down for the rest of the professional golf season, bringing into question his playing future as the best golfer of his generation will be away from the sport for over a year when, and if, he returns.

    Woods, who is recovering from multiple back surgeries that have kept him out of action for nearly a year, hinted earlier this year that he might not play this season but it was finally made official on Tuesday.

    The PGA Championship announced that he had withdrawn from the July 28 to 31 event at Baltusrol, marking the first time he will miss all four majors in a calendar year. His agent confirmed that Woods is done for the season.

    The 2016-17 PGA Tour starts in mid-October in Napa, California, which marks the start of a seven-tournament run through November before the schedule resumes in January.

    No one, not even Woods, can possibly know how the former world number one will fare when he makes his PGA Tour return after an absence that dates back to the Wyndham Championship in August 2015, where he tied for 10th.

    Woods famously used to say he would never tee it up in a tournament unless he thought he was capable of winning it. He is clearly being cautious about rushing his return to a game that has since seen a handful of young stars crowd the top of the world rankings.

    A winner of 79 PGA Tour titles, Woods was world number one for a record total of 683 weeks.

    His form has slipped dramatically in recent years due to injuries and the mastering of a new swing.

    His ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 628th.

    The 40-year-old has not won a tournament since 2013 and last won a major at the 2008 US Open.