‘I'm close, and I won't stop until I get there’
Fans who have waited over a year to see golf legend Tiger Woods return to the links will just have to wait a little longer after his announcement today that he is withdrawing from this weekend’s Safeway Open, his first tournament since August of last year’s Wyndham Championship.
In a prepared statement in which he cites “performance-related” concerns, Woods backed out of not just this weekend’s tournament, but also next month’s Turkish Airlines Open, which he had names as the second tournament in this fall’s three-date tour.
In the statement he didn’t mention his upcomiing participation in December’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, a tournement that Tiger himself sponsors. It’s unclear how the shifted timetable for his return will affect that, his final scheduled tournament for 2016.
The complete statement, first shared on TigerWoods.com, reads:
It’s understandable that he’d want to postpone his comeback to give fans (and himself) a performance that most closely resembles the iconic Tiger we knew 15 years ago, but that doesn’t make the news any less disappointing to fans of the athlete and the sport.
In April, Tiger was filmed playing his first few holes of golf since the previous August’s Wyndham Championship, and he wowed the crowd and internet viewers alike with a strong swing reminiscent of the old Tiger:
Withdrawals from tournaments, especially in the week prior, are rare occurances that typically take place only as a result of injuries. What does it say about Tiger’s game and composure that he effectively pulled the plug on not one, but two tournaments? Did he have higher hopes for his performance? Did his game take a sudden hit in the past week?
Unsurprisingly, his statement, while honest, doesn’t get into details. We’ll have to wait a little longer not just to see Tiger back out on the course, but also to learn what went wrong so close to his scheduled return.