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'My play is not acceptable' - Tiger Woods takes indefinite break from golf

The former world number one will not be back until his game improves.

Woods does not know when he'll be back.
Woods does not know when he'll be back.
Image: Patrick Semansky/AP/Press Association Images

“RIGHT NOW, I need a lot of work on my game.”

After weeks of disappointing play and slipping to his lowest world ranking in 19 years, Tiger Woods has decided to take an indefinite break from golf.

The 39-year old withdrew from last week’s event at Torrey Pines after just 12 holes a week after he missed the cut at the Phoenix Open.

Indeed, the former world number one has withdrawn from three of his last eight tournaments and record the worst round of his career with an 11-over par 82 in Arizona which saw him finish last of the 132 competitors.

In his statement, Woods says:

“The last two weeks have been very disappointing to me, especially Torrey, because I never want to withdraw. Unfortunately, lately injuries have made that happen too often.

“This latest injury is not related to my previous surgery. I am having daily physical therapy and I am feeling better every day.

“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.

“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.

“I want to thank the fans in Phoenix and San Diego. They were amazing. I greatly appreciate everyone’s support.”

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