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Tiger Woods reiterates his need to take ‘a month or two’ away from professional golf

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods hang out at a promotional event. (Mel Evans/AP)

After a dismal season on the links, Tiger Woods reiterated his decision this week to take a long vacation away from professional golf.

“It’s probably going to be a month or two,” Woods said (via ESPN) at a Nike promotional event on Monday. “I just need to get strong. It’s one of the things that when I took that fall at Firestone No. 2, I hadn’t done any agility work, so that’s part of the deal.”

Woods seems to be at peace with his decision and poor showing this season. The 38-year-old star even appearing on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” to engage in a bit of self-deprecating humor. (In a golf game known as “Facebreakers,” Woods forewent swinging the club to be Fallon’s caddie instead.)

It’s a relief to see Woods laugh, as so often this past season fans saw the former No. 1 golfer in the world getting increasingly more frustrated. Woods’s season finally ended when he failed to make the cut at the PGA Championship earlier this month.

Woods indicated on his blog that he plans to return to competition in December when he said he would enter the World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Fla.

“It’s an event that’s important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again,” he wrote.

In the meantime, Woods decided to undergo some aggressive ice therapy today. He teamed up with his Nike-sponsored golf buddy Rory McIlroy, who won this year’s British Open and PGA Championship, to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

In a turn of events, Woods fared a bit better than McIlroy this time.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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