Tiger Woods will not appear at the 2017 Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac in Bethesda, Md., tournament officials confirmed Sunday.
Woods, who said he is seeking professional help (confirmed by his agent as a form of rehab) to deal with how he uses conflicting medications to deal with insomnia and chronic back pain, is the host of the tournament which is run by his TGR Live venture and whose primary beneficiary is the Tiger Woods Foundation.
“Tiger will stay in touch with the tournament and receive regular updates during the week,” said Rick Singer, CEO of Woods’ foundation, in part in a Sunday statement.
Woods was arrested in the early hours of Memorial Day after Jupiter (Fla.) police found Woods behind the wheel of his running Mercedes-Benz on the side of a road with fresh damage to the driver's side of the car. Woods failed multiple field sobriety tests, indicating to officers at the scene and at the county jail that he had been taking prescription medication including the anti-anxiety pill Xanax and the powerful opioid painkiller Vicodin.
Woods has only played in the tournament twice since 2012, the second time he won the tournament (2009), with the last time coming in 2015 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in northern Virginia. Woods did not play last year at every-other-year host Congressional Country Club when Billy Hurley III won.
Even in years Woods has not played in the event, he has typically been on hand to present the trophy to the winner. Woods presented the trophy twice to himself, including in 2009, when he made a good joke out of the whole thing.