Tiger Woods has taken to Twitter to address his thoughts on the coronavirus outbreak that has turned the world upside down this month.
A number of golf tournaments have been postponed or cancelled on both the PGA Tour and European Tour, including the "postponement" of The Masters where Woods is the defending champion.
There are a lot more important things in life than a golf tournament right now. We need to be safe, smart and do what is best for ourselves, our loved ones and our community.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 16, 2020
But right now, Woods admitted there were much more pressing matters to be worrying about in the world.
"There are a lot more important things in life than a golf tournament right now," said Woods. "We need to be safe, smart and do what is best for ourselves, our loved ones and our community."
Jack Nicklaus revealed yesterday that he does not think The Masters will go ahead in 2020, simply because it would be unfair on other tournaments in the schedule if it was pushed back later in the season.
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Woods has been out of competitive action through a back injury since finishing last of those making the cut at the Genesis Invitational on February 16.
"I have to listen to my body and properly rest when needed," Woods tweeted after announcing he wouldn't make the trip to TPC Sawgrass for last week's Players Championship, which was immediately cancelled after the first round following the continued threat of coronavirus with thousands of golf fans aligning the fairways.
"My back is simply just not ready for play next week."
The PGA Tour schedule is not expected to resume for the best part of a month, at the earliest, giving Woods plenty of extra time to recover from his injury.