Although it was always a possibility, Tiger Woods’ announcement at the recently concluded Pro-Am day at Aronimink in the AT&T National that he was unsure about returning to competitive golf drew shocked murmurs from the crowd. This announcement came at the heels of his Twitter post announcing that he would not be playing on the 2011 US Open due to injuries on his Achilles tendon, saying that he would instead work in his recovery and his swing. Woods also did not open up any plans about playing in the British Open.
The former golf champion faced tough times in 2010 after his extramarital liaisons were revealed to the world. In late 2009 shortly after separating from his wife, the golfer announced that he would be taking time off from the game to concentrate on his family.
Personal problems clearly got to Woods soon after he returned to golf in 2010. After taking time off from the game to spend time with his family, Woods announced in early 2010 that he would be playing in the 2010 Masters. However, he missed the start of the 2010 season, and showed lackluster performances in the tournaments he joined, finishing tied at fourth at the 2010 Masters in Augusta before missing the cut at the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship.
After another unremarkable performance at the Memorial tournament, were he finished at T19, Woods made another fourth place finish at the US Open in Pebble Beach. It was also in 2010 when Woods failed to qualify for the top 30 golfer slated to play on the Tour Championship, the first time that he failed to do so since turning pro in 1996. The golfer ended 2010 without winning any titles, the first time this has happened to him since he turned pro.