Tiger Woods planned to return to competition at the Hero World Challenge this week, a tournament organized by his foundation and which has served as the scene of his comebacks on other occasions. El Tigre hadn't played since the last British Open, and the HWC was a favorable event, with no cuts and few players, but a plantar fasciitis has pushed him away.
Woods did comment that he hopes to compete in the PNC with his son Charlie, since he would use a buggy there.
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However, as one of the top managers of the tournament, Tiger went through the press room today, where he talked about his physical problems: "I like to compete, but unfortunately, although I can hit the ball and make any type of hit whoever I want, I can't walk.
I've had some setbacks this year that I overcame and they didn't stop me from playing, but now I can't," said the golfer. The winner of 18 'major', explained that it was his desire to be in the HWC that worsened what at first were some discomfort: "As the pace of work increased, I had to walk more and the foot was worse.
With a plantar fasciitis I didn't have to walk and I was walking more and more trying to prepare my legs for this tournament, so it got worse." Woods also indicated that the fasciitis was the result of other injuries to his leg.
"It heals with rest," said the legendary golfer, who also wondered aloud: "How do you rest when you're hosting a tournament? You know, it's hard." As expected, the subject of the LIV Golf came up. According to Tiger, it is possible to reach an agreement with the circuit promoted by Saudi Arabia as long as they and the PGA Tour put an end to their fight in the Courts.
"I see that there is an opportunity if both organizations suspend their litigation. But that's the problem, they have to stop those processes. Whether they do it or not, there will be no willingness to negotiate if you have litigation against you.
If both give each other time truce, they will be able to meet". Of course, there is an essential basic requirement for Woods and therefore for the PGA: "But I think the first thing is that Greg Norman leave, that they withdraw the lawsuit against the PGA and then we would suspend our countersuit," he said.