His poor performances include shooting the worst round of his professional career in January, an 11-over-par 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open.

"Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me," Woods said.

"My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I've said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I'm ready, I'll be back," he added.

Woods wanted to compete in The Honda Classic near his hometown in Florida in two weeks, but he said, "I won't be there unless my game is tournament-ready."

The Masters, the first major tournament of 2015, which Woods has won four times, begins April 9. Woods has 14 major titles in his career.

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