It’s obvious that, even if he could, he would be a non-factor of non-factors given the way he played after a year and a half off to fix his ailing back.
Now, we’re treated to more balderdash from his agent, and let me just show you where Steinberg all but admits that there’s no question – Tiger won’t be playing this year.
I could be wrong, and I’m not afraid to be wrong – that’s the price of offering an opinion rather than stating a fact, but it’s pretty close to a fact.
From the Golf Central Blog’s Nick Menta:
Tiger Woods’ manager Mark Steinberg issued a strong rebuke of a report published by Golf World on Friday…
“I talked to Tiger four hours ago on the phone. We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now. He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. There’s not been a decision one way or the other.
“I couldn’t give you a fair assessment, but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement.”
Did you catch that?
What does that even mean?
I Bet I Know!!
Let me re-phrase what I read from that, where it makes a little more sense:
“I couldn’t give you a fair assessment (because then if I did, then I would have to concede that he’s almost assuredly not playing, so I can’t do that, because TW doesn’t want me to), but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement (because it would be very accurate to say, ‘there’s no doubt, he ain’t playing’).”
Pardon me for calling Steinberg… disingenuous, but when you say something like this:
We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now. He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. There’s not been a decision one way or the other.
I have to to call BS – the Masters is in two weeks (if you have to commit by the Friday before, which is 13 days from now), and you’re saying “we’re not in a situation to even talk about“ it??
You’re not even talking about whether or not he plays, just two weeks before the deadline?
Also – if you haven’t made a decision yet (with less than two weeks to go) because of how the treatment is going… that’s pretty much the definition of “doubtful,” is it not?
Let me put it this way – that they aren’t even talking about whether or not he plays in two weeks is a a pretty fair assessment of the situation and a de facto admission.
Translation – Tiger won’t be playing… as if it matters, but apparently, the yes or no is a bigger state secret than who shot JFK.
And that seemed to be pretty much the case when he stated he had no timetable for returning to play, just days ago.
Of course, I could be wrong.
But that strong odor wafting in from the meadows tells me I probably am not.
We’ll see in 13 days.
Want to learn more about the MCS Golf Swing Theory? Try one of DJ’s “Secrets of the MCS” video shorts available via download.
“Dropping The Hammer!”