Tiger Woods says that he will take an extended leave of absence from the PGA Tour while his father battles cancer. It is possible that he will not play another event until the US Open.
Tiger currently is in New Zealand for the wedding of his caddy Steve Williams. He is also scheduled to take part in a charity car race there.
Woods said, however, that he definitely will play in the US Open at Winged Foot in June.
While his father’s illness is an extraordinary circumstance, I believe that the golf world should get used to Tiger taking long stretches off. He’s in a position where he can afford to play only in those tournaments that interest him. He could play in the four majors, his own tournament, plus a couple of others that he either likes or that he is contractually obligated to play in. He doesn’t need to play in the PGA required minimum. He’s not going to need their retirement plan, and he doesn’t need to be a member to play in tournaments—the sponsors will give him an exemption.