Tiger Woods to miss Players Championship with back problem as Masters title defence looms

Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods will pass over subsequent week’s Players Championship because of an ongoing again downside.

Tiger Woods faces a race towards time to be are compatible for his Masters name defence after opting out of subsequent week’s Players Championship.

The 15-time primary winner has no longer performed at the PGA Tour since he completed a lowly 68th – closing of all avid gamers who made the reduce – on the Genesis Open 3 weeks in the past.

He elected to skip the WGC-Mexico Championship and this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, because of a stiff again.

And the again stays a topic for 44-year-old Woods, who might be made up our minds to line up for the yr’s first primary at Augusta, with the Masters getting below means on April nine.

The Players Championship, which runs from March 12-15 at Sawgrass, has come too quickly, alternatively.

His agent, Mark Steinberg, advised ESPN: “Back just not ready. Not concerning long term, just not ready.”

 

 

Woods has long past thru 4 again operations to maintain one in every of game’s nice careers, the procedures permitting him closing yr to finish an 11-year name drought on the majors with a shocking victory.

A next luck on the Zozo Championship in October took Woods to 82 wins at the PGA Tour, tying Sam Snead for the all-time report.