Tiger Woods: Out of the Honda Classic for 2016
February 13, 2016 | Richard Sites
Jupiter Island resident Tiger Woods will not be playing in the upcoming Honda Classic. Recovery from 2 back surgeries in the fall will sideline the 40 year old Woods.
According to his website: Tiger hasn’t played since Aug. 23, when he tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship. He was in hip pain most of the week, then underwent a second microdiscectomy in September to remove a disk fragment. Woods had a follow-up procedure in late October.
Meanwhile, his off-golf hours have been spent opening a restaurant, The Woods, in Jupiter’s Harbourside.
The Honda Classic has now become a dominant event with the attendance growth spurred to it’s current level by Tiger’s decision to play in the event several years ago. In spite of the other big names who have joined in, it was Tiger’s entry that paved the way for the big crowds.
A couple of years ago, I witnessed a massive gallery following Tiger in spite of the fact that Rory McIlroy was also playing at that time and had nowhere near the same size crowd. I suspect that people still think Tiger has the explosive talent to win any event he enters.
Tiger was also the first of the younger players to move to this area. Since he arrived, others have followed. Rickie Fowler, who finished second in the Phoenix Open, moved onto the Loxahatchee River. Keegan Bradley lives just up the river from Fowler.
Dustin Johnson moved here and has become active in the luxury home market. Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy also live on the water here just a short drive from the PGA National Resort & Spa where the event is held.
The area has been a draw for anyone who was able to move here. Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman and Nick Price have lived here for years. Trevino, Price and Norman all call Jupiter Island home along with the latest arrival, Gary Player.
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