Tiger Woods was scheduled to play in the World Golf Championship this week in Shanghai. However, he said that fatigue caused him to skip the event.
Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa and Adam Scott from Australia were the leaders after Thursday’s first round. While the round was being played, Woods was in Singapore giving a putting clinic to schoolchildren.
The event’s main sponsor was unhappy the both Woods and Rory McIlroy the world’s number one player missed the event despite being in China and playing an exhibition event prior.
Woods said he would appear in December at the World Challenge, an event he hosts with players that are invited. He will then rest for an extended period before playing competitively again. Woods said he has been very tired and did not want to have to prepare for another event against the world’s best players.
He said he would play the four rounds in December at his event and then hang up his clubs until the Abu Dhabi tournament in 2013.
Woods has won 14 majors but all were prior to his marriage ending in 2009. He won three tournaments during this past season and said he was happy with the way he played. It was his first complete season on tour since 2005. Before this season, he had been bothered by knee and back problems and an Achilles tendon injury.
He said he was very excited about the coming year. He finished second on the money list this season and says he is looking forward to competing against next year, especially in the four majors.