Woods to skip WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Tiger Woods has announced he will skip this week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in order to be better prepared for the first major of the year, the rescheduled PGA Championship, which tees off next Thursday in San Francisco.

“Disappointed to miss @WGCFedEx, but doing what I think is best to prepare me for the @PGAChampionship and upcoming FedExCup Playoffs,” tweeted Woods to his 6.5 million followers.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods holds up the Bridgestone Invitational trophy for the 8th time and his fifth win of the 2013 season (Credit: golffile.ie)

It was always touch and go as to whether Woods would play this week in Memphis. The World No.15 worked hard at The Memorial to knock off the rust built up over five months on the sidelines but it was clear Wood’s 44-year-old body was struggling at times on his way to a share of 40th place.

Woods has won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational title on a record eight occasions when it was known as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and was played at the Firestone Country Club in Ohio.

While it seems like the season just got underway again, the FedExCup Playoffs are only a few weeks away with the Northern Trust teeing off at TPC Boston on August 20th, followed by the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Ans with Woods currently sitting in 45th place on the FedExCup leaderboard, he will need some runs on the board before too long if he is to make it safely inside the top-30 for the Tour Championship in early September.