Tiger Woods is taking a three-week break before returning to golf at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Woods announced Wednesday he will resume an up-and-down season May 3-6 at Quail Hollow, where he won in 2007. He also committed to The Players Championship the following week. A year ago, he injured his left Achilles tendon and withdrew after nine holes at TPC Sawgrass. Woods missed the next three months.
But first, a rest.
”I’m going to take some time off and not look at the clubs for a while, and then get back after it,” Woods said on his website.
In his past three tournaments, Woods withdrew in the middle of the final round at Doral with a sore Achilles tendon, won at Bay Hill for his first PGA Tour title in 30 months and tied for 40th at the Masters, his worst 72-hole position in any major as a pro.
”I know what I need to work on,” Woods said. ”It’s just a matter of getting out there and doing it. Just putting in the reps and the time. I just wasn’t able to do it at the Masters.”
Woods also said it was a mistake to kick his 9-iron after missing a tee shot at the par-3 16th in the second round.
”One thing I would like to say about the Masters last week is that obviously I got frustrated at times and know some of my actions were wrong, especially at No. 16,” he wrote. ”The Masters means a lot to me, and I was trying as hard as I could. I’m out there competing. I grind every day, and my expectations are to do my best. It’s very disappointing when that doesn’t happen.”
Woods missed Quail Hollow a year ago because of what was described as a ”minor injury” to his left leg. The last time he played the Wells Fargo Championship, it was his second tournament since returning from the crisis in his personal life. He missed the cut with the highest 36-hole score (153) of his career.
Masters champion Bubba Watson, U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell also said they would play at Quail Hollow, a major caliber course that attracts one of the strongest fields of the year.
Westwood also said he would be at The Players Championship, which he skipped a year ago.