Tiger Woods plans break from golf after 'frustrating' miss cut at The Open
Tiger Woods is desperate to get home and is planning a break from golf after a ‘frustrating’ performance at The Open this week.
The Masters champion is set to miss the cut after a 7-over 78 on Thursday was followed by a one-under round of 70 on Friday, leaving him well out of realistic contention.
The 43-year-old admitted after his first round that his long-standing back injury had left him ‘sore’ and he certainly has not been able to find anything like his best form in the cold, wind and rain at Portrush.
Woods is planning some time off, before having a crack at the FedEx Playoffs in August, before another break from the game.
‘I just want to go home. I just want some time off just to get away from it,’ Woods said after his second round in Northern Ireland.
‘I had a long trip to Thailand and then trying to get ready for this event, to play this event, it’s been a lot of travel, a lot of time in the air, a lot of moving around and different hotels and everything.
‘I’m going to take a couple of weeks off and get ready for the play-offs.
‘We’ve got the playoffs coming up, and anything can happen. Last year I almost stole the whole FedExCup at the very end. If it wasn’t for Justin Rose’s little break there at the bunker, it could have been interesting.
‘So get ready for those events. And after that then have a break.’
Whether Wood’s two-week holiday in Thailand with his family will garner much sympathy is yet to be seen.
Woods insists he still enjoys competing in the majors, despite his aches and pains, but is frustrated that, having won the Masters this year, he was unable to perform in the others.
The American also missed the cut at the PGA Championship and only managed tied 21st at the US Open.
‘It’s more frustrating than anything else because this is a major championship and I love playing in these events,’ continued Woods.
‘I love the atmosphere. I love just the stress of playing in a major and unfortunately, I’ve only had a chance to win one of them and was able to do it.
‘But the other three I didn’t do very well.’
The FedEx Cup begins on 7 August with the Nortehrn Trust at Liberty National Golf Club.
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