Woods will take a break from golf following yet another injury setback.
Golf megastar Tiger Woods has announced he is taking an indefinite break from all competition.
The 39-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Torrey Pines PGA Tour event after just 11 holes due to a back injury.
It came just a week after the 14-time major winner shot the worst round of his career (82) to miss the cut at the Phoenix Open.
Woods on Thursday released a statement on his website, saying his performances were “unacceptable”.
“The last two weeks have been very disappointing to me, especially Torrey, because I never want to withdraw. Unfortunately, lately injuries have made that happen too often,” Woods said in a statement.
“This latest injury is not related to my previous surgery. I am having daily physical therapy and I am feeling better every day.
“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.”
Woods says he aims to be back for the Honda Classic on February 26, but would not play unless he was “tournament-ready”.
“I’d like to play The Honda Classic — it’s a tournament in my hometown and it’s important to me — but I won’t be there unless my game is tournament-ready,” he said.
“That’s not fair to anyone. I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon.”
Woods has not won a tournament on tour since the WGC Invitational in 2013.