Word today from Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg that Woods does not feel that his game is tournament ready and he’ll miss the Honda Classic next week. That means he won’t qualify for the WGC Cadillac because his current ranking is in the 60s and they only take the top 50 for that event. The earliest we could see him play is at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Tiger’s original statement from his website a few weeks ago: “Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me. My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back. Next week I will practice at Medalist and at home getting ready for the rest of the year. I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game.”
In that same statement Tiger said he would like to play the Honda Classic saying it was in his hometown and important to him but he added, “I won’t be there unless my game is tournament-ready.” Woods also said he expects to be playing again “very soon.” We can only hope that “very soon” now means March 26-29. That’s when the Palmer gets underway.