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The PGA Tour has officially announced this Friday the list of players for its franchise tournament.

Tiger Woods will not play the THE PLAYERS Championship

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Tiger Woods © PGA Tour
Tiger Woods © PGA Tour

The news broke and the coin came up tails. It was taken for granted that Tiger Woods would be at the THE PLAYERS Championship, but in the end it will not be so. The PGA Tour has just announced, as every Friday, the list of participating players next week and the champion of 15 Majors is not there. Undoubtedly, a setback for the tournament. Beyond the fact that he is not going through his best moment, the presence of the golfer from Cypress is always an incentive.

It should be remembered that the last time Woods was seen in public was in the second round of the Genesis Invitational, just when he was retiring after hitting his tee shot at hole 7. In principle, what forced him to withdraw from Riviera was a viral infection, or at least that is what was officially told, but even so he has not arrived in time to be in Sawgrass.

The truth is that the entire specialized environment of Tiger took for granted his presence at THE PLAYERS, especially after playing this Monday’s ProAm at Seminole. Even, the possibility that he would be this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was considered.

At the moment, no official explanation has been offered about his absence. It may simply be that he does not really see himself in tune to compete on a course as demanding as the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass. He could also be suffering some discomfort that has not been revealed, although this is more strange after his performance at Seminole. What can now be deduced is that he tested himself at Monday’s ProAm and has decided not to play THE PLAYERS.

So, everything points to the next time we will see Tiger Woods competing will be at the Masters in Augusta, in April. THE PLAYERS turns 50 next week since its first edition, a round figure for which the Californian was expected. It will have to be next year, if he can.

Here you can check the list of participating players