'i can not stroll': Tiger withdraws from tourney, wishes LIV Golf chief Greg Norman changed

Tiger Woods painted an not sure picture about how a lot golf he can play, saying Tuesday that “I even have not acquired a lot left on this leg.”

He additionally does not have a lot hope the PGA Tour and the Saudi-funded rival league can get alongside besides Greg Norman is out as LIV Golf’s chief.

“Not proper now. Not with their management. Not with Greg there and his animosity in direction of the tour itself,” Woods mentioned from Nassau, Bahamas. “i do not see that occuring.”

Rory McIlroy additionally mentioned in Dubai two weeks in the past that Norman should “exit stage left” earlier than there’ll be any significant discussions between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

Woods artfully skirted round completely different questions on Tuesday, akin to particulars on two sudden surgical procedures he had final 12 months and whether or not the 20-man discipline on the Hero World problem should be getting factors in direction of the world rating.

He was forceful on the influence of LIV Golf, referring to friction the rival league has induced and the methodology lawsuits stand inside the best methodology of any reconciliation.

“If one side has masses animosity, somebody attempting to destroy our tour, then how can we work with that?” Woods mentioned.

Phil Mickelson was amongst 10 gamers who filed an antitrust lawsuit in opposition to the PGA Tour in August, a lawsuit since taken over by LIV Golf. Bryson DeChambeau, Peter Uihlein and Matt Jones are the one gamers nonetheless involved as plaintiffs. The PGA Tour since has filed a countersuit. A trial date is tentatively scheduled for January 2024.

Woods mentioned the lawsuits want to be settled — he used the phrase “preserve” on a pair of event — or there might even be not a methodology forward.

Scoring effectively whereas using cart

Woods is at Albany Golf membership strictly as a end result of the match host. He wished to withdraw on Monday on account of plantar fasciitis in his proper foot that makes it too troublesome to stroll over seventy two holes, even on a comparatively flat course for a journey event.

Woods mentioned he was posting low scores at dwelling in Florida whereas using in a cart. And his subsequent two occasions — a made-for-tv match over 12 holes on Dec. 10, and the PNC Championship collectively with his son the subsequent weekend — permit for carts.

“I can hit the golf ball and hit no matter shot you want,” he mentioned. “i merely can’t stroll.”

He mentioned the plantar fasciitis was associated to accidents he suffered inside the l. a. car crash in February 2021, which ended any hope of him taking half in frequently.

A 12 months in the past, Woods was simply starting to take full swings with the driving drive and his ambition was to make it to St. Andrews for the a hundred and fiftieth version of the British Open. He wound up taking half in the Masters and the PGA Championship, too.

That amounted to 9 rounds — 4 at Augusta nationwide, three on the PGA Championship (he withdrew after the third spherical) and two at St. Andrews.

Woods felt he was making progress inside the months after the British Open, solely to damage his proper foot whereas attempting to rearrange for a seventy two-hole event inside the Bahamas.

“if you get plantar fasciitis, the worst factor you presumably can do is stroll, and that i used to be strolling an growing quantity of and extra, attempting to get my legs ready for this event, and that i simply stored making it worse,” he mentioned. “So, wished to close it down.”

The purpose is to play simply the foremost championships and presumably one or two extra [tourneys]. that is it. bodily, that is all I can do.— Tiger Woods on factors collectively with his proper leg and foot

He mentioned he would take a month or two to relaxation, which will not have an effect on his golf schedule as a end result of he wasn’t going to play that a lot, anyway.

This has been coming. Woods turns forty seven on Dec. 30, and he has had roughly as many surgical procedures as majors he was obtained (15).

Greg Norman and Woods pictured in happier occasions on the 2009 Presidents Cup match. On Tuesday, Woods informed reporters he isn’t hopeful the PGA Tour and LIV Golf collection can get alongside besides Norman is out as chief of the Saudi-funded rival league. (Matt Sullivan/Reuters/File)

Hampered by leg at British Open

“The purpose is to play simply the foremost championships and presumably one or two extra. that is it. bodily, that is all I can do. I informed you that [at] the start of this 12 months, too,” he mentioned.

“I imply, I even have not acquired a lot left on this leg, so gear up for the most very important ones and hopefully, lightning catches in a bottle and that i am up there in rivalry with an alternative to win, and hopefully, I bear in thoughts discover out how to try this.”

He mentioned he did the whole lot to rearrange for St. Andrews, solely for his leg to behave up on him and finish in an early departure filled with emotion. Woods does not anticipate returning to a distinct Open at St. Andrews.

His well being wasn’t good that week past his leg, although it wasn’t COVID-19.

McIlroy, in a massive-ranging interview with the Sunday impartial in ireland, mentioned he and Woods performed a observe spherical at Ballybunion on the Thursday earlier than the British Open and McIlroy was feeling ailing afterward.

He mentioned sweat was pouring off him and his temperature spiked. McIlroy acknowledged as Woods, who reported he was feeling fantastic. however then Woods texted him that night and mentioned he had chills and a fever.

“and that i am like, ‘[Expletive], I’ve simply given Tiger COVID!’ that is horrendous!”‘ McIlroy mentioned. “So, we each had COVID going into the Open.”

Woods mentioned he examined for the coronavirus and it acquired here again destructive.

“Was I feeling beneath the climate? sure, wasn’t feeling good the whole week,” Woods mentioned. “however I by no means acquired a optimistic take a look at.”


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