Tiger Woods' status for the 2014 PGA Championship is unclear, with indications the 14-time major winner still hasn't decided if he's playing this week at Valhalla G.C.
Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, communicated with ESPN.com, writing, "Way too early. He has to rest and get treatment and then assess later. Pointless to make that decision now without proper time to give him best chance. Nothing further today, maybe [not] even tomorrow."
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“It's the last friggin' major of the year. Tiger desperately wants to play. If he can figure out how to put one foot in front of the other he'll be there. Especially since, regardless, his season will end one way or the other this week. Unfortunately, at this point he still cannot move, but we are waiting as long as humanly possible to reveal that information in the hope that something changes.”
The typical Tuesday news conference Woods holds before any tournament he enters has been canceled, but doesn't necessarily mean Woods is a no-go this week. Caddie Joe LaCava drove to Valhalla after Woods withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday to scout the course on Monday. The looper made his way around the course where Woods won the 2000 PGA Championship in a playoff over Bob May, preparing for the possibility of working this week.
Woods has only ever missed one PGA Championship, skipping the 2008 edition after undergoing multiple surgeries following his U.S. Open victory on one leg. Padraig Harrington nipped Sergio Garcia for his second-consecutive major title in Woods' absence.
On Tuesday, Woods again did no show up Valhalla, but did ask and receive an extension from PGA of America officials to officially enter the tournament. The deadline was 5 p.m. local time. According to multiple reports, Woods now has until his 8:34 a.m. tee time on Thursday to enter and appear with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.
At a minimum, Woods isn't ready to throw in the towel on the 2014 majors.