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It was "better to stay at home and be safe" - Tiger Woods

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Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods says he skipped the first five tournaments since the PGA Tour's re-start in order to assess the COVID-19 safety protocols.

The 44-year-old is set to play his first tournament since February when he tees it up at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio later this week.

Woods took time out earlier this season to allow his back to recover and he opted not to play during the first month of golf's return in America.

"I just felt it was better to stay at home and be safe," the 15-time major winner told reporters today.

"I'm used to playing with lots of people around me and that puts not only myself in danger but my friends and family.

"That's something that I looked at and said, 'Well, I'm really not quite comfortable with that, that whole idea. Let's see how it plays out first'."

The remainder of the PGA Tour campaign is likely to be played without spectators in attendance and Woods admits he'll have to adjust to the new conditions:

"To have no one yelling, no one screaming, no energy, the social distancing, no handshakes.

"There's nothing to feed off of energy-wise. There's no one there.

"I think this is going to set up for not just in the short-term but for the foreseeable future for sure."

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