There are more important things than golf, says Tiger
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[March 17, 2020]
American Tiger Woods sought to put the
cancellations of a slew of golf tournaments due to the coronavirus into
perspective on Monday, saying the well-being of others trumped the
Tiger Woods tees off the 9th hole during the final round of the Zozo
Championship, a PGA Tour event, at Narashino Country Club in Inzai,
Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, Japan October 27, 2019, in this photo
released by Kyodo. Kyodo/via REUTERS
"There are a lot more important things in life
than a golf tournament right now," the 15-times major champion
wrote on Twitter.
"We need to be safe, smart and do what is best for ourselves,
our loved ones and our community."
Woods, 44, has been struggling recently with pain in his
surgically-repaired back but had hoped to defend the Masters
title he won last year at Augusta National next month.
Last week organisers of the year's first major postponed the
tournament in the hopes of helping slow the spread of the
The decision to postpone the year's first major came the day
after the PGA Tour canceled the Players Championship at TPC
Sawgrass in Florida after one round and all events through April
Woods' remarks came on the heels of the Centers for Disease
Control recommendation on Sunday that events of 50 or more
people should be canceled for the next eight weeks throughout
the United States.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected almost 180,000 people and
killed over 7,000 worldwide.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Ken
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