We told you three weeks ago that our source said Tiger would not play in the Safeway Open and yet again he has been proven right.

Tiger won't be going clubbing after all.
**Just In. Statement on TigerWoods.com**

After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA TOUR or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.

When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn't have committed. I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, an honor and experience that inspired me even more to play. I practiced the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn't ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation's event, the Hero World Challenge, in Albany.

I would like to apologize and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV. This isn't what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I'm close, and I won't stop until I get there.

Several people around the USA camp at the recent Ryder Cup said privately that Tiger seemed stiff on several occasions during the week and didn't have the look of a man ready to beat a couple of hundred balls every morning like a touring pro.

Worst affected by the news will be the 28,000 patrons who bought tickets for the Safeway Open.  Let's hope that this late withdrawal had nothing to do with selling those tickets.

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