• "His back is so sore," said Day, who texts Woods frequently
• Woods still scheduled to tee it up at the Hero World Challenge
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Jason Day doesn’t foresee close friend Tiger Woods appearing until 2017 – because ‘his back is so sore’.
The 14-time major winner was due to be playing in last week’s PGA Tour opener, only to withdraw on the Monday night before also pulling out of the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open due to, according to agent Mark Steinberg, ‘loyalty to the PGA Tour’.
"I never really had any faith in him coming back this year" - Jason Day
It leaves the Hero World Challenge (Dec 1-4), an unofficial PGA Tour money event, as Woods’ only other scheduled start in 2016 but Day, who is likely to be sidelined for the rest of 2016 himself with a back injury, doesn’t think we’ll see him now until 2017.
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“I think he misses being out here, which is understandable because the competition is so addicting," Day, who frequently texts the 40-year-old, told Golf Australia. “He saw Phil Mickelson playing well at the Open Championship, and that got him going. But he knows he can't push it.
"I think we'll see him some time next year" - Jason Day
“I never really had any faith in him coming back this year. The state of his game, I'm not sure. His back is so sore. I think we'll see him some time next year, but I'm not sure when.”
Meanwhile, although Woods won't be seen on the golf course in the near future, he is appearing on US TV tomorrow night (October 20).
In celebrating 20 years of the Tiger Woods Foundation, Woods will visit Charlie Rose on set at PBS to discuss education, impact and plans for the future, among other topics. He’ll then pay a visit to CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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