Tiger Woods will not play next week's Honda Classic in Florida.Daniel McCarthy (Author) Published Date : Feb 20, 2015 11:04 IST
To the report from Sports and Woods agent, ranked No. 66 in the world, missed the cut at the Phoenix Open with a career-worst 82. He withdrew during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, Calif., because of back pain. His agent confirmed in an e-mail that he would not be playing the Honda Classic.
Woods's manager Mark Steinberg later told Reuters by telephone: Tiger has been working on his game this week and, right now, is looking to come back when he feels that he is tournament-ready.
The absence of Woods from the Honda Classic raises questions about his ongoing health and his prospects of competing in the first major of the year, the April 9-12 Masters.
Honda Classic which begins next Thursday, By skipping the Honda tournament, , Woods will not rank high enough to qualify for the WGC event at Doral.The 14-time major champion has had to withdraw three times in his last eight official PGA Tour starts. He has not claimed a major championship since winning his 14th at the 2008 U.S. Open and remains four shy of Jack Nicklaus' all-time record.
The former world No. 1 said that he would like to play the Honda, but would skip the event if he felt he couldn't compete. Woods also said last week that he wouldn't return until his game was tournament-ready.
Though he will not play in the tournament, that means Woods also will not be eligible for the WGC- Cadillac Championship the following week. That will mark the first time in his professional career that Woods wasn't eligible for either a major or a World Golf Championship event.
He played in the Hero World Challenge in December, where his short game was ridicously bad, and then declared himself fit before missing the cut at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix the first week of February. Every facet of his game was a mess as he shot a career-high 82.
According to the previous statistic the Honda Classic does have commitments from five of the top 12 players in the world golf rankings including No. 1 McIlroy, who will be making his U.S. debut on the PGA Tour. Woods, however, has been the event s biggest draw the past three years, and his absence seems likely to hurt attendance. The four-day tournament drew approximately 190,000 last year. The Legendary golfer who After missing the cut in January's Waste Management Open in Phoenix, he fell out of the top 50 in the World Golf Rankings for the first time since 2011.
Tiger Woods will not play next week's Honda Classic in Florida.