Crocked Woods to skip PGA National

POTOMAC (Maryland) • Tiger Woods will miss this week's PGA National, skipping his usual host role while continuing treatments to manage pain medications after an impaired driving arrest last month.

Tournament officials confirmed that the 41-year-old would not be at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm but will be updated about the event during the week.

Woods, whose charity foundation stages the event, has only played the National twice since 2012 because of injuries and was not slated to be in the field this year.

Jack Nicklaus believes former world No. 1 Woods, who has also been dealing with injuries, will have a very difficult time making a comeback to competitive golf .

Speaking on Monday to USA Today at a charity tournament in Virginia, the winner of a record 18 Major titles said: "He'll have a very hard time. I don't know whether Tiger will play much golf anymore.

"He might come back and play - I think it would be pretty tough for him, after getting (his spine) fused and as many problems as he has had recently.

"His are more life problems than they are golf problems right now."

Top players are still supporting Woods as he fights to return after a mugshot seen around the world following his May 29 arrest.

"I think we all want him to do what's best for him," world No. 3 Jordan Spieth said last week. "We want him to be healthy and we want him to be back out here."

World No. 4 Rory McIlroy has offered his support to Woods in his latest fightback bid.

"It's a tough one," the Northern Irishman said last week. "I reached out to him when everything broke a few weeks ago and just making sure he was okay.

"He has gone through a rough time the last few years with injuries, and being in pain and not being able to sleep. I totally understand how that can happen."

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