FILE – Tiger Woods from the USA speaks to the media at the Riviera Country Club during his press conference before the tournament as a preview of the Genesis Invitational on February 11, 2020 in Pacific Palisades, California (photo by David Cannon / Getty Images)
Golf superstar Tiger Woods tweeted a simple message in his first public commentary on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, and has defended his title indefinitely.
"There are a lot more important things in life now than a golf tournament," Woods said in a Twitter post.
"We have to be safe and smart and do the best for ourselves, our loved ones and our community."
Woods won his 15th major Masters title last April and ended an 11-year-old drought following an marriage scandal and career-threatening injuries.
Golf was no exception, however, as the sports world has practically stalled amid the global coronavirus pandemic and the Augusta National Golf Club announced last week that the 2020 Masters would not take place from April 9-12.
The US PGA Tour had already canceled a number of tournaments leading to the Masters.
And it looked as if the sports break would continue for some time after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Sunday to cancel or postpone "large gatherings" of 50 or more people by eight weeks.
When the cancellations took place last week, Woods was already paused. He decided to skip the Players Championship – which was stopped abruptly after a round due to coronavirus concerns – with a stiff back.
"I have to listen to my body and rest properly if necessary," Woods tweeted in front of the players. "My back is just not ready …"
He had already signed off from Arnold Palmer Invitational, Honda Classic and WGC Mexico.
Woods last came 68th at the Genesis Invitational on the Los Angeles Riviera in February.
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