Tiger Woods, plagued by both an ailing back and an ailing golf game, dropped out of the Honda Classic on Thursday.
Not only will he miss Honda, but by not playing there he eliminates any chance that he will play in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral the week after Honda.
Woods, who played in the Honda for the past three years, called Honda officials around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and told them he would not play in this year’s event that runs Feb. 26 through March 1.
“Yes, we are disappointed,” Honda tournament director Ed McEnroe said, “but we want him healthy and back in the game. Most of all, we want to be certain his health is in place.”