Tiger Woods missed his second Masters in three years earlier this month, and the pain of being on the sidelines during the biggest tournament of the season took a toll.
The 14-time major champion attended the Masters Champions Dinner but spent little time at the course that week, telling ESPN’s Bob Harig that if he couldn’t compete, he couldn’t watch.
“To be on the grounds and feel what Augusta is and what the Masters is all about … to be there and not be able to tee it up, I had to get out of there,” Woods said. “I couldn’t stay if I wasn’t going to play. It was going to drive me nuts. Jason (Day) was texting me, telling me what was going on. I wasn’t watching because it would drive me crazy. Going there and feeling it, I missed it.”
Woods, a four-time Masters champion, is still recovering from multiple back surgeries and has not yet announced a return date to the PGA Tour.