Apparently, Tiger Woods was too tired to play in the WGC – HSBC Champions golf tournament. Specifically, Woods cited fatigue as his reason for not attending the tournament, despite the fact he made the decision months ago.
“I was tired, and doing these things are easy,” said Woods from a clinic in Singapore he was visiting. “Competing and getting ready for another golf tournament, I just didn’t want to do that. I’ve got four more rounds at my tournament in L.A. (the World Challenge) and I’m done until Abu Dhabi next year, so I’m looking forward to having an extended break. This is my offseason now, and I’m really looking forward to getting away from it.”
As of right now, Tiger is slated to play in 24 events during the 2013 PGA Tour season, kicking the year off at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in the middle of January. The slightly late start means that Woods will miss the opening event of the PGA season at Kapalua.
I can’t be too hard on Woods, as the life of a professional golfer has to be grueling, especially considering the enormous amount of travel involved. Everybody is entitled to a little vacation, even if your job is playing golf for a living. The criticism that Woods and Rory McIlroy have received for skipping the tournament in China is completely unwarranted. They have every right to pick and choose the tournaments that they attend. It just so happens that both of them decided to pass on this one, for different reasons.