TIGER WOODS is not yet ready to get back to work after winning his fifth Masters title at Augusta.
The 43-year-old did not enter the Wells Fargo Championship next week at Quail Hollow, meaning he will likely not play until the USPGA Championship next month.
The American’s agent Mark Steinberg said: “He’s not ready to go next week.
“The Masters took a lot out of him. He’s not hurt, but he is being smart.”
This would be only the third time in his career that Woods did not play between majors.
He went nine weeks between the Masters and US Open in 2006 when his father died, and eight weeks between the Masters and US Open in 2008 when his left leg was badly injured.
While he went a month between the US Open and British Open in 2013.
Woods won the Masters to end 11 years without winning a Major, one of his proudest feats considering he had overcome four back surgeries and at times wondered if his career might be over.
The Masters took a lot out of him. He’s not hurt, but he is being smart.
In an interview Thursday with Golf TV, Woods said he hasn’t started preparing for his next event and that his 15th Major success had not sunk in.
He said: “I haven’t started doing anything. I’ve just been laying there. And every now and again, I’ll look over there on the couch and there’s the jacket. Yeah, I did pull it off.”
The only other tournament before the USPGA Championship – which moved to May this year for the first time since 1949 – is the AT&T Byron Nelson.
The USPGA Championship is the only major in which Woods competed the week prior, but that was when it was in August and he played either the Buick Open or the Bridgestone Invitational.
Players had until 5pm Friday to commit to Wells Fargo if they were not at this week’s PGA Tour event in New Orleans.
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Woods won at Quail Hollow in 2007, though his results have been mixed since then.
It is the only PGA Tour event where he has missed the 36-hole cut twice, in 2010 and in 2012. He returned last year and tied for 55th, 14 shots out of the lead.
Steinberg added: “He’s not going to tee to not compete to win. He’s not ready mentally or physically, but the physical side is not that he’s hurt.”