And the TV ratings are going to miss the sh*t out of him. I mean, if Tiger Woods still wasn't the biggest draw/news in the game this wouldn't even be a story. But even though he hasn't won since '09, and even though everyone is in a torrid love affair with Rory McIlroy, he is still the reason why casual fans turn the TV on to watch golf. Tiger's explanation -- including a comment about how his best golf is still ahead of him - - from his website are below.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been advised that I should not play in the British Open,” Woods said. “As I stated at the AT&T National, I am only going to come back when I’m 100 percent ready. I do not want to risk further injury. That’s different for me, but I’m being smarter this time. I’m very disappointed and want to express my regrets to the British Open fans.”"In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have competed at THE PLAYERS, but it's a big event, and I wanted to be there to support the tour," Woods said. "I've got to learn from what I did there and do it right this time and not come back until I'm ready."I think my best years are still ahead of me, and I'm very confident and optimistic about the future."