Woods says he will miss THE PLAYERS Championship
Two-time winner at TPC Sawgrass has been limited by back stiffness
March 06, 2020
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- March 06, 2020
- Tiger Woods won THE PLAYERS Championship in 2001 and 2013. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods, a two-time winner of THE PLAYERS Championship, announced via agent Mark Steinberg on Friday he will not tee it up at next week’s tournament at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
Woods personally informed PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan of the decision before news broke on Friday.
"Back just not ready," Steinberg said in a statement, as per ESPN and Golf Digest. "Nothing concerning, just not ready."
It was not an easy decision, but I will not be attending @THEPLAYERSChamp. I have to listen to my body and properly rest when needed. My back is simply just not ready for play next week. I'm sad to miss one of the best events of the season, OUR Championship.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 6, 2020
The announcement by the 82-time PGA TOUR winner comes amid a longer than usual layoff after he cited back stiffness and opted not to play in this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, a tournament he has won eight times, most recently in 2013.
Woods, 44, would move out of a tie with Sam Snead for the all-time wins record with his next victory. He hasn’t competed since a 68th-place finish at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, where he has famously never won, on Feb. 16. He finished T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines (where he’s won eight times as a pro) before that.
It hasn’t been long, though, since the future World Golf Hall of Famer was in the winner’s circle. Woods won the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP last fall and went undefeated as playing captain at the Presidents Cup. He is 26th in the FedExCup, but did not play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of injury for the second straight year.
Last year Woods bounced back from a neck injury to finish T30 at THE PLAYERS, and four weeks later rallied to win the Masters Tournament for his 15th major.
Woods won THE PLAYERS in 2001 and 2013 and is 11th in the latest world ranking.