Woods delays his comeback, says ‘feeling vulnerable’

The news was the equivalent of a large nail being driven through an ever-expanding balloon.Woods first announced on September 7 that he planned to play three times by the end of the year, starting with the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa, California. But one statement on his website obliterated all that.Johnny Miller joined the long line of disappointed golf fans Monday when Tiger Woods chose to withdraw from the Safeway Open in Napa Valley, Calif., sighting “vulnerabilities” in his game.Ryder Cup rookie Chris Wood is gutted his hero Tiger Woods has scrapped plans to make a comeback this week, calling it a blow to the European Tour as well as to the millions of golf fans around the world. He said his health is good, and he feels strong, but his work needs “refining”.”I probably shouldn’t disclose too much of what I saw on the Sunday night at the Ryder Cup but I met Tiger for the first time”, said Fitzpatrick.”I’m still going to go and play obviously, but to have Tiger playing in Turkey in one of his first couple of events back would have been unbelievable for the European Tour”.’He’s not ever going to be the old Tiger (but) I still think he can win, if he has the desire.’I would like to apologize and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV.England’s Chris Wood saw Woods in person during the Ryder Cup when the 14-time major victor was one of Davis Love’s vice-captains and hopes this latest setback does not mark the end of Woods’ career.Tiger Woods’ decision to postpone his tournament golf comeback again has raised more questions about his future, with some former players wondering if he will ever successfully return to regular competition.The Safeway Open reportedly sold about 28,000 tickets since the announcement that Woods would play, but a tournament spokesperson told ESPN’s Darren Rovell there will be no refunds per PGA Tour policy. Everybody was so excited in the golf world. It is all well and good striping it on the range but pitting his game against his PGA Tour peers will ultimately be the acid test.”It’s hard being Tiger Woods, especially if you can’t back it up with a semblance of the old Tiger Woods“, Miller added. We would love to see him back. “But he has got to break the ice some time”. “We’ve seen Tiger Woods’ golf swing decay, his body decay and then his chipping decay”.

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