Woods to skip Chevron World Challenge

Monday, November 30, 2009

If curious media minds were hoping to use the Chevron World Challenge as a forum to grill Tiger Woods about Friday’s accident outside his mansion, they will have to wait.

Citing injuries from the accident, Woods announced in a statement on his Web site that he will skip the tournament that goes a long way toward financially supporting his foundation.

“I am extremely disappointed that I will not be at my tournament this week,” Woods wrote. “I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I’m very sorry that I can’t be there.”

Graeme McDowell will replace Woods in the field.

It will be the second straight year in which Woods has missed the tournament as a competitor; last year it was due to his reconstructive knee surgery. But at least in 2008 Woods appeared at a news conference, something he will not do this time around.

Chevron officials responded to news of Woods’ absence, without mentioning him by name. According to the tournament Web site, 2009 ticket holders will be eligible to receive a 20 percent discount on a 2010 ticket order.

According to the Web site, Woods will not participate in any other tournaments in 2009 and will return to action next year, presumably at Torrey Pines in San Diego Jan. 28-31.