Tiger Woods takes leave from golf, says his play is ‘not acceptable’

Golf champion Tiger Woods, who recently booked the worst score of his career, announced Wednesday that he is taking a leave from professional golf to get back in shape, admitting in a statement that his recent play and scores have not been acceptable for tournament golf.

"Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me. My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf," Woods said. "Like I've said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I'm ready, I'll be back."

Woods, 39, said he planned to practice at home and at the Medalist Golf Club in Florida next week to prepare for the rest of the year, but did not say how long his break may last.

"I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game. I'd like to play The Honda Classic -- it's a tournament in my hometown and it's important to me -- but I won't be there unless my game is tournament-ready. That's not fair to anyone," the famed golfer said. "I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon."

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