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Tiger Woods opts to skip WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Golf legend tiger Woods has taken to Twitter to announce that he will skip the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis next week.

Woods had been waffling between playing in the event, but has decided to forego it in order to better prepare for the PGA Championship, which takes place a week after the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

This is pretty par for the course for Tiger Woods. Obviously, that’s unfortunate for the St. Jude Invitational.

Throughout his golf career, the legend has typically avoided playing a week before a major tournament. However, because Woods struggled with back stiffness and finished a mere 40th at the Memorial Tournament last week, he thought about participating in the Memphis event to shake off some rust.

But ultimately, the 44-year-old has opted to rest his back, which has given him some trouble this year. Tiger Woods has played in just four tournaments this season, most recently finishing in last place at the Genesis Invitational back in February due much in part to his balky back.

Obviously, the coronavirus pandemic has also played a role in Woods’ lack of action. But, Woods’ sore back would have prevented him from playing in other events anyway. For example, Woods did not take part in the Players Championship, which was cancelled after just one round in March because of the pandemic. He has also competed in just one of seven events with the revised schedule.

Tiger Woods, who has collected 15 major titles in his career, needs to finish in the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship in September. He is currently 42nd.