PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (AP) - Golf is no longer a priority in the life of Tiger Woods.
Woods told Thursday that he had considered withdrawing from the Players Championship because of the poor health of his father and he added that he might not participate in the Masters in two weeks .
"There are chances that I do not play for a while, said Woods. Who knows? It depends on the health of my father."
Woods crossed the United States from east to west on Tuesday to meet the bedside of his father, Earl Woods, who fights against cancer in her Cypress, California. Tiger Woods did not practice Wednesday. He returned to Florida where he took the start Thursday of the Players Championship (TPC). He completed his round in 72 strokes, normal.
After successfully completing five birdies and bogeys done so much, he admitted that it was difficult to concentrate.
"It's part of life. You have to face one day, said Woods. It happens to everyone and there, it seems to be our turn."
Woods had the sympathy of his playmate Darren Clarke, whose wife, Heather, is fighting breast cancer for four years.
"It was sort of a blessing for me to play today with Darren because he is facing the same demon, Woods said. We talked all day."
Was diagnosed with Earl Woods prostate cancer in 1998. But the cancer recurred elsewhere in 2004. He had not seen his son since the Target Challenge in December 2004.
Earl Woods went to Augusta last year, but was not able to make up ground. Tiger broke down in tears after winning the tournament for the fourth time.
Woods wanted to go to California to see how her father and cheer him up.
"I just wanted to tell him that I love him and I want him to continue to fight, it is always said Tiger. He was stubborn and that's good."
Woods said his father coldly received asking him what he was doing, that his place was on the golf course.
"He did not tell me to go back to Sawgrass, but I decided to play to enable it to see something exciting on TV. It is not a matter of hitting golf balls. C ' is a question we have nearly as long as possible.
"I hope to be there in the last few days and get on TV to give him any chance to celebrate."