No surprise to anyone paying attention, but if the usual boosters are not saying anything positive right now, and if they’re in fact saying things that seem a little ominous, I imagine we can roll up Tiger Woods’ playing career now for posterity.
In the latest installment of “will he or won’t he?” I’ll go and predict we aren’t going to see Tiger in this year’s Masters toonamint, and if he doesn’t play in the Masters more than two months following his “not-so-serious back spasm” incident in Dubai, I’m expecting a retirement announcement this year.
If not a complete withdrawal from competition, then at least an admission that he’ll be little more than a ceremonial player going forward, because this is not what you want to see from a player who has had 3 back surgeries and whose “return” to competitive golf this year lasted exactly 3 rounds of 18 – from Will Gray at Golf Central Blog, we get:
(Steve) Stricker: I don’t think Tiger is physically well
As speculation mounts over the on-course future of Tiger Woods, the silence coming from the camp of the 14-time major champ continues. But count Steve Stricker among the select few who have had at least some contact with Woods since he’s been sidelined with back spasms…
While Stricker has not seen Woods recently, the two have traded texts and Stricker has received updates from several sources regarding Woods’ recovery. According to Stricker, the news isn’t particularly good.
“He’s working hard at it, but I don’t think he’s doing that well right now physically,” Stricker said…
Stricker watched Woods’ opening-round 77 in Dubai on television and noticed quickly that something was amiss.
“Just the way he was walking didn’t quite look right. He was walking really gingerly,” Stricker said. “It didn’t really look physically like he was ready to play.”
Do tell, Steve – you’ll remember that I was initially so-so on his performance in the Bahamas last December – I saw a couple of good things, but the rubber-band torso back swing was still there, and I didn’t see that lasting too long:
And then, when I got a look at this stance on the range hitting balls in Dubai, I was not only not surprised he’d WD’d from the tournament, I said at the time he was lucky to have only suffered back spasms swinging that way:
Then, a couple of days later, he pulled the plug on his next couple of tournaments, and we haven’t seen hide nor hair of T-Dubs since then.
So, I’ll be shocked – shocked! if he commits to play the API next week (deadline on Friday), and it’s hard to shock me, but he may just pull that rabbit out of the hat.
However, based on the words of one of his few confidants, on his progress – Stricker’s either punking us, or telegraphing the inevitable, to follow sometime in the future.
My money’s on the latter.
I said a few weeks back that he’s done playing, without a swing overhaul from the modern horror show.
So… I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be wrong again, but…
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