Tiger Woods will take an indefinite break from golf to allow him overcome his latest injury problems and poor form. He announced this on his official website on Thursday.
The 14-time major champion withdrew midway through his first round at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open in California due to back pain although he has allayed fears over the setback.
Woods wrote on his official website: “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.”
He also wrote: “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.”