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Tiger Woods Leaving Tour to Work on Game

Reeling from missing the cut at the Phoenix Open and withdrawing due to “deactivated” glutes and back tightness at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods has decided to take a leave from golf.

In a statement on his site, the world’s 62nd-ranked golfer outlined his plans:

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.

Woods will likely miss at least the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open. But the indefinite time table makes it possible that the four-time Masters winner skips Augusta for the second consecutive year after 19 straight appearances.

The Tiger-less tournament suffered through its worst ratings since 1993 last year.

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