Tiger Woods Announces End of Professional Golf Career

Tiger Woods didn’t qualify for the British Open and won’t make the cut at the U.S. Open.

But golf enthusiasts can expect to see plenty of the golfing legend on the course again, probably later this year, at The Players Championship. But in September, he will stop playing professionally.

Mr. Woods announced on Monday that he will end his golfing career after this year’s PGA Tour events.

Speaking on “Golf Channel’s ‘The Call Center,’” Mr. Woods said that his playing career is winding down and that he won’t be able to play every week. As part of his deal with Nike, the company announced in March that Mr. Woods would no longer be eligible for all tournament prize money in the new fiscal year beginning in July, leaving golf-season sponsorships such as the Masters, which is in late April, on the table.

On Monday, he said that while he would miss the “baseball, football, hockey, basketball, softball” type of atmosphere on tour, golf is a “hard game.”

Mr. Woods also told “The Call Center” that he’s still adjusting to his home life — the divorce settlement between him and Elin Nordegren was finalized in October — which has been difficult and has at times distracted him from his golf game. But he said that the golf course has always helped him deal with his personal problems.

For more on Mr. Woods’ decision, see his The Players roundtable interview.

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