There are a lot more im­por­tant things in life than a golf tour­na­ment right now, says Tiger

Pretoria News - - CLASSIFIED­S - GOLF

AMER­I­CAN Tiger Woods sought to put the can­cel­la­tions of a slew of golf tour­na­ments due to the coro­n­avirus into per­spec­tive on Mon­day, say­ing the well-be­ing of oth­ers trumped the sport.

“There are a lot more im­por­tant things in life than a golf tour­na­ment right now,” the 15-time ma­jor cham­pion wrote on Twit­ter.

“We need to be safe, smart and do what is best for our­selves, our loved ones and our com­mu­nity.”

Woods, 44, has been strug­gling re­cently with pain in his sur­gi­cally-re­paired back but had hoped to de­fend the Masters ti­tle he won last year at

Au­gusta Na­tional next month.

Last week or­gan­is­ers of the year’s first ma­jor post­poned the tour­na­ment in the hopes of help­ing slow the spread of the grow­ing pan­demic.

The de­ci­sion to post­pone the year’s first ma­jor came the day after the PGA

Tour can­celled the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship at TPC Saw­grass in Florida after one round and all events through April 5.

Woods’ re­marks came on the heels of the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol rec­om­men­da­tion on Sun­day that events of 50 or more peo­ple should be can­celled for the next eight weeks through­out the United States.

The coro­n­avirus pan­demic has in­fected al­most 180 000 peo­ple and killed over 7 000 world­wide.

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