EFE.- The American golfer Tiger Woods confirmed this Friday through his social networks that he will not play the World Golf Championship, which is going to take place in Memphis.
In return he chose to play the PGA Championship, after last week he competed at the Memorial, His first tournament on the circuit since he returned to the PGA Tour, with a revised schedule after the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Woods, who tied for 40th at the Memorial, was weighing whether to enter the World Golf Championship in Memphis in order to better prepare himself when he reached the first major championship in 2020.
But the 15-time winner of the largest tournaments, currently occupying the Fourteenth place in the world ranking, he announced his decision through a tweet.
For most of his career, Woods has avoided playing the week before a major championship, choosing to visit the main championship venue early or work on his home game.
But after the Memorial Tournament, where he fought stiffness during the second round And some competitive rust throughout the tournament, Woods considered adding the Memphis WGC event.
The rescheduled PGA Championship continues a week later in San Francisco.
Throughout his professional career, Woods, 44, has never played the week before the Masters, the US Open or the Open. Made an exception for the PGA when the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational moved to the week before PGA in 2007.
After being out of the first five weeks of the revised calendar, Woods now enters the PGA after having played a single tournament since February.
The world number one has played just four this season, with a victory at the Zozo Championship in October, a tie for ninth place at the Farmers Insurance Open and a last place finish at the Genesis Invitational.
That’s where the stiffness of his back limited him and then made him skip other events he would have participated in, including the Players Championship.
That tournament was canceled after one round due to the pandemic, and Woods has competed in only one tournament in the top seven on the revised schedule.
Two weeks after the PGA, the three-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs begin with the Northern Trust at TPC-Boston, followed by the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields in Chicago and the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Woods is unlikely to play three in a row, but he needs to be in the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship, and he’s currently ranked 42nd, which doesn’t give him a chance to play it.
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