Tiger Woods is not back after all. Following an abysmal performance at last week’s PGA Championship, Tiger has decided to take some time away from golf. As a result he’s taken himself out of consideration for next month’s Ryder Cup.
Here is the full statement on his website.
I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only.
I have already spoken to Tom [Watson] about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I took myself out of consideration. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.
I plan to return to competition at my World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 1-7. It’s an event that’s important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again.
Tiger Woods has a 13-17-3 overall record at the Ryder Cup. He has been on one winning team in his career (1999).