(Reuters) – Tiger Woods said fatigue was the reason he skipped this week’s World Golf Championship event in Shanghai.
As Australian Adam Scott and South African Louis Oosthuizen grabbed the first-round lead at the $7 million event in China on Thursday, the 36-year-old Woods was holding a putting clinic for school children in Singapore.
The main sponsor had been unhappy Woods and world number one McIlroy chose to miss the Shanghai event despite being in the country and playing in a lucrative exhibition event.
Woods said he was looking forward to competing in the World Challenge in December, an invitational event he hosts in California, before putting his clubs away for a long rest.
“I was tired and doing these things are easy. Competing and getting ready for another golf tournament, I just didn’t want to do that,” Woods told reporters at Marina Bay after offering his expertise to 12 selected teenagers.
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