Uggg, yet again the world was fooled with the chance that Tiger Woods was going to be back playing competitively in the 2016 Safeway Open, that he himself had told everyone he was all in on.
Well, as we all know by now, he has yet again pulled out of the competition, claiming his game is: “vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”
Our very reliable PGA insider that has been right on so many things on the PGA tour was fooled as well, telling us: “There was not even a peep on tour, everyone thought this was totally going to happen.”
We asked our spy what he thought about all of this, and when he thought Tiger may play again: “The talk I am hearing from other players, is that he will never compete again. They are saying that his mind has control of his swing, and until he gets that sorted out there is 0% chance he will play on a competitive level.” He goes on to tell us: “The mind is the hardest thing to manage on a tour level, if he does not get his swing thoughts sorted out to where golf becomes natural again, he will never play on tour again… confidence that every shot will be amazing is key to his return.”
Tiger took to Twitter and also provided an official announcement from his personal website:
Ryder Cup inspired me to play my best. Unfortunately as I prepared, I still need work and refining. https://t.co/wCFjIznK6R
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 10, 2016
After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA TOUR or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.
When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn’t have committed. I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, an honor and experience that inspired me even more to play. I practiced the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation’s event, the Hero World Challenge, in Albany.
I would like to apologize and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV. This isn’t what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I’m close, and I won’t stop until I get there.
As a huge fan of golf myself, and the knowledge of what Tiger really means to the game and growth. I pray for him to sort out his problems, and return to the tour where he belongs.