PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (Ambush Sports) — The Players Championship will go on next week without Tiger Woods, who will not be participating due to ongoing back issues.
Woods announced Friday on Twitter that “it was not an easy decision” to not attend.
“I have to listen to my body and properly rest when needed. My back is simply just not ready for play next week. I’m sad to miss one of the best events of the season, OUR Championship.”
Woods had complained about some back stiffness three weeks ago during the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles, where he finished last among players who made the cut. The ailment had forced Woods to skip the Honda Classic and the WGC-Mexico Championship last month.
Woods has only participated in five events this season, with three official tournaments. He won his 82nd PGA event at the Zozo Championship, tied for ninth at the Farmers Insurance Open and finished last at the Genesis Invitational. He went 3-0 at the President’s Cup and finished fourth at the Hero World Challenge.
Currently the 11th-ranked golfer in the world, Woods has undergone multiple back surgeries, including a spinal fusion surgery in April 2017 has been a two-time winner of the Players Championship.