Tiger Woods has withdrawn from his next tournament and goes home from Royal Portrush today saying he needs time off and wants to get ready for the Fedex playoffs. In 83 starts in a major its the first time that both he and Mickelson have missed the cut in the same event.
At his post round press conference Tiger said
“I kind of grinded my way around the golf course today. I had a chance to get it back to even par for the tournament. I didn’t handle the par-5s well. I was in perfect condition all three of them, if I handled those par 5s well I would be right there,” he said.
“It has been more frustrating than anything else because this is a major championship and I love playing in these events. I love the atmosphere. I love just the stress of playing in a major. And unfortunately, I’ve only had a chance to win one of them and was able to do it. But the other three I didn’t do very well.
And when asked where he thinks he will tee-up next Woods indicated would not in the city made famous by Elvis Presley.
“I’m going to take a couple of weeks off and get ready for the playoffs,” he said.
“We’ve got the playoffs coming up, and anything can happen. Last year I almost stole the whole FedExCup at the very end. If it wasn’t for Rosie’s little break there at the bunker, it could have been interesting.
“So get ready for those events. And after that then have a break.
“No, I just want some time off just to get away from it. I had a long trip to Thailand and then trying to get ready for this event, to play this event, it’s been a lot of travel, a lot of time in the air, a lot of moving around and different hotels and everything. I just want to go home.”
Woods had to have a 45 minute treatment on his back immediately following his second round and also ahead of day two of this week’s event.