An embarrassed Tiger Woods has dramatically taken a break from the game after admitting his current game isn’t good enough and acceptable for the US PGA Tour.
Woods has had a torrid start to 2015, firing a career-worst 82 to miss the cut in the Phoenix Open by 12 shots and his play and form was again dire at Torrey Pines when he withdrew after 11 holes because of a back injury.
He concedes: “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.”
Instead of teeing it up at Pebble Beach and Riviera, the 14-times major champion will be working hard at home on the practice ground and hopes to be firing on all cylinders again in time for the Honda Classic (Feb 26) and, of course, the following month’s US Masters.
He added: “I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back. I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game.
Currently 62 in the world rankings – his lowest since he turned professional in 1996 – Woods is desperate to return to his old form and winning ways and clearly faces the toughest challenge of his glittering career.
His manager and close friend Mark Steinberg said: “He’s going to work on his game which was in bad shape when he made swing changes in the past. He needs to work on this away from a public setting – on his own.
“He’s not pleased with where his game is right now. He’s going to work on every single facet.”