Tiger pulls the plug on PGA Tour comeback

Well just when you thought he was back – he isn’t. The former world number one has decided to pull out of the Safeway Open just days before his much-anticipated return to tournament golf.

“After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be,” said Woods in a statement on his website.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn’t have committed. I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, an honour and experience that inspired me even more to play.”

“I practiced the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation’s event, the Hero World Challenge, in Albany.”

“I would like to apologise and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV.”

“This isn’t what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I’m close, and I won’t stop until I get there.”

While Woods’ reluctance to return to competitive golf is certainly disappointing for fans, it shows he has learnt from previous mistakes coming back too early…and that will be much better for the longevity of his career.

So now we wait.