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Tiger Woods announces he will not play in the 2017 Masters

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Tiger Woods released a statement on his website on Friday night confirming that he will not play in the 2017 Masters, because he’s not “tournament ready.” It’s the second year in a row that the four-time Green Jacket winner will not tee it up at Augusta National for The Masters, and it’s been 20 years since his 12-stroke victory in 1997.

Here’s his statement in its entirety:

Unfortunately, I won’t be competing in this year’s Masters. I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn’t allow me the time to get tournament ready. I’m especially upset because it’s a special anniversary for me that’s filled with a lot of great memories. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I won my first green jacket.

I have no timetable for my return, but I will continue my diligent effort to recover, and want to get back out there as soon as possible.

I’d like to pass along my regrets to Billy Payne, the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons, that I won’t be there. I will be at the Champions Dinner and I look forward to seeing a lot of old friends.

Augusta National has been a very important place to me and my family for over 20 years, and while I’m disappointed, it will be good to be back there Tuesday.

The last we saw of Woods in competition was at the 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he withdrew after 18 holes due to spasms in his lower back — a location that’s been surgically operated on three times.

Woods says he has “no timetable” for his return to competitive golf.

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  1. Jim H

    Apr 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Such a “surprise” announcement

  2. Dave R

    Apr 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    OMG who cares. REALLY !!

  3. Tom54

    Apr 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I understand he say he is not tournament ready but I don’t know why he doesn’t go have some fun, play the best he can and give fans who still love him the opportunity to watch him. If he would open up and be honest and not really care about what he shoots he would gain a lot of credibility and humility. We all know how great he was no denying that. But I agree that the secrecy around him and his injuries is a bit troubling

  4. ButchT

    Apr 3, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I think his withdrawing is comical.

  5. Pilko

    Apr 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Personally I think it’s the correct decision for Tiger and for golf, as much as I like the phenomena of Tiger playing and even better at the Masters. It’s beneficial to golf that the week isn’t centred around another ‘Tiger Return’ and instead we can see other stories break through. Added to this I don’t feel like we are getting the whole story about Tiger and something is being hidden about his condition.

  6. JR

    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:06 am

    who really gives a chit about tiger anymore?? He is toast, done, kaput!!

  7. ND Hickman

    Apr 2, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Seriously, can we please do away with the SHANK and LOL prefix on article pictures. It’s petty and simply plays up to the Tiger-basher crowd.

    • BB

      Apr 2, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Are you seriously triggered by a Tiger Woods article being shanked? SMH

      • ND Hickman

        Apr 3, 2017 at 8:49 am

        Nope, I’ve said it was a silly addition since day one. It literally serves no purpose other than trolling.

  8. Lc

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Just don’t understand people guy was dominate and great to watch just as any athlete that’s purely competitive and not for the money. He had no other impact on my life nor any of the others that try to bash him.

  9. Lc

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Ball licker…lol…I get it…lol… funny…read article about a guy and that’s what comes to ur mind. Lol….

  10. KJ

    Apr 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Sad to see such a great player have the game taken away from him b/c of injuries. He should start to think about taking an extended leave of absence and just rest his back for another year. Let it heal as much as possible. Give it one more go and if it doesn’t work out, retire.

  11. Tom

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Jack’s record is safe.

  12. Reebs

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Aprils fool?

  13. BC

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:23 am

    He knew he wouldn’t be playing. He has been history for a long time now.

  14. Shallowface

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:04 am

    There are things that cannot be bought, even if one has a billion dollars.

  15. Rich Douglas

    Apr 1, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Of COURSE he isn’t playing. Neither am I. And both had the same probability: zero.

  16. ooffa

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:54 am

    BTW he’s not playing in The Players Championship, The British Open, The PGA or the US Open.
    I hope I didn’t scoop your news team with these revelations.

  17. Fat Perez

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Shocker!!! Lol!

  18. The dude

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:01 am

    The real question….when will he retire…this year or next.

  19. The dude

    Apr 1, 2017 at 5:59 am

    But …that Bridgestone ball..and TM protos…

  20. TONEY P

    Apr 1, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Wasn’t something we didn’t know. Tiger will be missed. Maybe some others should get out too.

  21. Mark

    Apr 1, 2017 at 5:03 am

    And tomorrow is Sunday. Yawn.

  22. Mr Muira

    Apr 1, 2017 at 4:57 am

    At least Elvis Presley has the decency to rock up.

  23. Johnnylongballz

    Apr 1, 2017 at 3:46 am

    No announcement was necessary.

  24. Wedge Chunk

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Arnold Palmer wont be there either.

  25. Big Mike

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    He is done. Great memories of the Tiger of old but today’s Tiger has been tamed by mother nature and physical limitations. Thank you Tiger for the memories and all you have done for the game. Wishing you the best

  26. Moonman

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I heard Tiger is going to play next year at the Masters. Cant wait!!!!!!

  27. Jason

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Maybe he could just be an Honorary Starter.

  28. Dat

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    close the comments, this is gonna get ugly.

  29. ooffa

    Mar 31, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Of course he’s not. No one thought he would.

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Tiger changes driver-weight settings, shoots even-par 70 at Honda Classic

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After missing the cut by four strokes at the 2018 Genesis Open last week, Tiger Woods is back at it again this week at the Honda Classic; it’s the first time he’s played in back-to-back PGA Tour events since 2015.

Opting for something other than driver off the tee much of the day, Woods made one double bogey, one bogey, and three birdies en route to an even-par 70.

It’s no secret that Woods has been struggling off the tee of late, especially with the driver. He’s hitting just 35 percent of fairways on the year, and he has already made one driver shaft change (going from a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX to a Matrix Ozik TP6HDe ahead of the Genesis Open). According to photos on Thursday, it appears Woods has also changed the weight settings in his TaylorMade M3 for a bit more forgiveness and fade-bias (as pictured above). At the Genesis Open and the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods had the M3 driver weights in the forward position, which moves CG (center of gravity) forward and tends to lower spin.

On Thursday, however, Woods hit a slew of long irons and fairway woods off the tee instead of drivers at the 7,100-yard par-70 PGA National… an approach that seemed to work. Well, he hit just 50 percent of the fairways on the day, but that means he’s trending upward.

One of the shots Woods hit with the driver was so far right it was literally laughable… but he managed to make par anyway.

Actually, his double-bogey 7 on the par-5 third hole (his 12th of the day) came after hitting the fairway; he was fumbling on and around the green after hitting his third into a greenside bunker. That blunder aside, three birdies and an even-par round at the always-difficult PGA National leaves Woods currently in T19, obviously well inside the cutline.

Do you think Woods will make the cut? Do you think he can contend to win the tournament?

See the clubs Tiger Woods has in his bag this week at the 2018 Honda Classic.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course (par 70: 7,110 yards) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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The field this week is stacked at the top, and it includes defending-champion Rickie Fowler, 2017 FedEx Champion Justin Thomas, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who’s making his first PGA Tour start of 2018. Also in the field is Tiger Woods, who committed to play in the event just last week. Woods is coming off a disappointing missed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Last year, Fowler won by four shots over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland, despite playing his final round in 1-over par.

Check out our photos from the 2018 Honda Classic below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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USGA, R&A to roll out new World Handicap System in 2020

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A new handicap system is here, or rather, it will be once the USGA and R&A begin to fully implement the World Handicap System in 2020.

The new system focuses on achieving three main objectives: 1) encouraging as many golfers as possible to maintain a handicap, 2) enabling golfers of different abilities, genders, and nationalities to compete fairly, and 3) determining the score a golfer is reasonably capable of shooting at any particular course anywhere in the world.

Currently there are six handicapping systems worldwide, owing to the existence of six handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

Under the new program, the USGA and R&A will oversee the World Handicap System and the governing bodies will be in charge of local administration.

The USGA presents the WHS as a better system that simplifies the existing structures. Not surprisingly, the organization believes the WHS will compel more golfers to maintain a handicap.

“For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap,’” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game.”

Davis sees the new system marching arm-in-arm with the revisions to (and simplification of) the Rules of Golf.

“We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

Key features of the WHS include:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with “some discretion available for handicapping authorities or national associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.”
  • A consistent handicap that “is portable” from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA course and slope rating system, already used in more than 80 countries.
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and “factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.”
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
  • A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

The USGA and R&A conducted quantitative research in 15 countries around the world. 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed.

The research also helped model the tenets of the WHS, but, as mentioned, don’t tear up your GHIN cards just yet: We’ve only just begun the two-year transition period prior to the implementation.

To provide feedback to the USGA on the new World Handicap System, golfers can email the USGA at whsfeedback@usga.org, or see usga.org/whs for more info.

Additionally, the USGA created this FAQ.

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