Tiger skipping WGC-FedEx St. Jude to prepare for playoffs
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Tiger Woods won't be playing next week in Memphis, as the 15-time major champion announced he's skipping the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational to prepare for the playoffs.

"I'm gonna take a couple weeks off and get ready for the playoffs," Woods said on Friday after missing the cut at The Open, according to Will Gray of Golf Channel.

Woods labored through an opening-round 78 on Thursday, only making one birdie during his first trip around Royal Portrush. It was his second-worst opening round in a major throughout his career, and Woods' second-worst score of any round at The Open.

He improved greatly on Friday with a 1-under 70, but Tiger was too far back to make up the ground needed to play the weekend.

Woods hadn't played any competitive golf since the U.S. Open in June, and he took a family vacation to Asia before heading to Northern Ireland for The Open. The 43-year-old said the travel did take its toll on his body.

"I just want some time off, try to get away from it," Woods said. "... I just want to go home."

Tiger will likely be in action next during The Northern Trust at Liberty National to kick off the FedEx Cup Playoffs on Aug. 8.

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