Tiger Woods withdraws from his own golf tournament

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Tiger Woods waves to the crowd during the Australian Masters golf tournament in Melbourne on Nov. 15.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 30 at 8:20 PM

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods withdrew Monday from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home. He said he would not compete again until next year.

Woods said in a statement on his Web site that his injuries prevented him from playing in the Chevron World Challenge. He was scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday for the tournament, which he hosts annually for a small, invited, field.

"I am extremely disappointed that I will not be at my tournament this week," Woods said. "I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I'm very sorry that I can't be there."

His decision to withdraw comes after a car crash left him with cuts and bruises when his SUV hit a fire hydrant and a tree early Friday outside his home in a gated Florida golf community. Woods was treated and released at a hospital after the accident, and has not been seen in public since.

By skipping the tournament, Woods will escape having to face TV cameras and a horde of media seeking more details about the smashup.

Woods released a statement Sunday saying the accident was his fault, but he did not address any of the questions still swirling around it.

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