Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 15th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Tiger Woods Withdraws From His Charity Golf Event, Foreshadows His Abbreviated 2023 Schedule

Fifteen-time major champion golfer Tiger Woods will not compete in this week’s Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas due to the aggravation of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

“When you get plantar fasciitis, that’s the worst thing that you can do is walk,” Woods said. “I was walking more and more and more trying to get my legs ready for this event, and I just kept making it worse.”

Woods called it a “tough decision” to skip his annual tournament — which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

“I can hit the golf ball and hit whatever shot you want,” Woods said. “I just can’t walk.”

Woods’ foot condition is related to the 46-year-old’s ongoing recovery from the major injuries he suffered in a car accident in February 2021.

Forecasting Tiger Woods’ 2023 Schedule

Woods admitted that he doesn’t have much left in his leg and foreshadowed another abbreviated schedule in 2023.

“The goal is to play just the major championships and maybe one or two more,” he said. “Physically, that’s all I can do.”

Woods competed in all but one major in 2022 — the U.S. Open. He admitted that this exceeded his expectations at the start of the year.

“I didn’t expect to play three majors this year,” Woods said. “We were hoping for just the British Open, but I was able to get two more in there, so that was a big positive.”

Woods will look to return to Augusta National Golf Club in April for The Masters — the season’s first major — to chase his sixth green jacket. Royal Liverpool Golf Course — the site of Woods’ third Open Championship title in 2006 — is set to host the 2023 Open Championship in July.

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Woods described his humble approach to the major tournaments as one in which he’ll hope to find a spark that allows him to climb up the leaderboard.

“Gear up for the biggest ones, and hopefully lightning catches in a bottle and I’m up there in contention with a chance to win, and hopefully I remember how to do that.”

Woods still wishes he could compete in more events. However, the 46 years of wear and tear on the golfer’s body ultimately will not allow him to do so.

“It’s just unfortunate I’m not able to do the things that I feel mentally I can do,” Woods said. “The body just kind of rejects it.”

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