Tiger Woods Withdraws From The Players Championship

The 15-time Major winner says that his back is "simply just not ready for play"

Tiger Woods Withdraws From The Players Championship
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The 15-time Major winner says that his back is "simply just not ready for play"

Tiger Woods Withdraws From The Players Championship

Tiger Woods has been forced to withdraw from this week's Players Championship due to ongoing back troubles.

The 15-time Major winner, who has played just two tournaments this year, says that his back is "simply just not ready for play".

"It was not an easy decision, but I will not be attending @THEPLAYERSChamp," Woods wrote on social media.

"I have to listen to my body and properly rest when needed.

"My back is simply just not ready for play next week.

"I'm sad to miss one of the best events of the season, OUR Championship."

These are worrying times for Woods who also withdrew from last month's WGC-Mexico Championship as well as last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament that he has won eight times.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN that Woods' back is "not concerning long term, just not ready."

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The 15-time Major winner underwent a fourth back surgery in early 2017 that has allowed him to prolong his career.

He won his first PGA Tour title in over five years at the 2018 Tour Championship before capturing his first Major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters.

Woods then won the Zozo Championship in October 2019, which was his 82nd PGA Tour victory, equalling Sam Snead's record.

He made 14 starts in 2019 and played in five tournaments prior to his Masters victory.

It looks as if his two events so far this year, the Farmers Insurance Open and Genesis Invitational, will be his only starts before Augusta.

He could still play in next week's Valspar Championship, the following week's WGC-Match Play Championship or the Valero Texas Open as a tune up for The Masters, however.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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