Tiger Woods will not play professional golf in 2016, his agent Leigh Steinberg announced on Tuesday, the same day the PGA Championship informed the media that Woods would not be part of the fourth and final Major’s field.
Woods, who will turn 41 in December, has not played a tournament since the 2015 Wyndham Championship in late August 11 months ago. He tied for 10th to wrap up an 11-event season in which he finished in the top 10 just once and missed the cut at three of the four Majors.
It was his second straight “incomplete” season after a 2014 season in which he played just seven events, missing three months from March to July, after starting the year by finishing second at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
Woods’ last full season was also his last at No.1. In 2013, he won five of the 16 events he played in and finished in the top 10 eight times. He reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the world during that season and held it for 60 straight weeks into 2014.
Despite being into his 40s, Woods can at least take heart in his fellow players doing well in the same age range – Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson is 40; runner-up Phil Mickleson is soon to be 46.