Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour has been delayed yet again. Woods reportedly intends to withdraw from the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., for what is being dubbed as “performance reasons.” Golf Channel and Golf World reporter Tim Rosaforte first reported that Woods was backing out of the tournament, saying that the decision was related not to the status of Woods’ surgically repaired back but to the fact that he is not yet able to perform to his high standards. The tournament begins on Wednesday.
He just didn’t feel like his game is where he wanted it to be to be competitive.Notah Begay III, Woods’ friend and former Stanford teammate
In September, Woods announced his intention to play in the Safeway Open in October, followed by the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour in November and his own Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December. However, Woods’ announcement was couched in guarded terms, suggesting that he would consider backing out of any or all of the intended appearances.
Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.Tiger Woods in a Sept. 7 online posting