Amid the media storm surrounding Tiger Woods over the last month, the 14-time major champ correctly decided on Wednesday to take the next three-and-a-half months off to rehabilitate his injured back. He will miss the Ryder Cup, and will return to competition at his World Challenge event in Florida, December 4-7.
We all know Tiger has been in a lot of pain, so this news is welcomed by the golf community. Not qualifying for either the Playoffs or the Ryder Cup is the best thing that has happened to Tiger all year. He needs to rest, he needs to rehab, and he needs to heal. If golf was a team sport like football, the front office would have placed him on the injury reserve before the season even started.
The all-time records are still within reach for Woods, and there is nothing wrong with some calm before the storm.
Here is the statement Woods released on his website, www.tigerwoods.com:
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.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)