As he sat in his hospital bed after a horrific car crash on February 23, 2021, Tiger Woods had to wonder what would happen next.
Will he lose a leg? Will he walk again? Will he play golf again? Will he play competitive golf again? Can he win again?
There’s a lot to unpack, but he seems as close to his recovery as he’s ever dismantled golf courses and courses: methodically.
When Woods made his comeback at the Masters in April, it was surprising that a 46-year-old with a body in his 50s was able to come back and make an amazing cut.
During that week, Woods answered an important question: Can I play golf again?
It’s not what he calls “golfing,” which usually involves riding a cart, but walking 18 holes for four days.
Tiger shared the spotlight with Masters champion Scotty Scheffler that week, and that’s okay because many want to see the former world No. 1 golf at the highest level again.
The Masters is definitely a bit of a soap opera, but heck, it’s Tiger and Augusta, so it’s not hard to live with.
Unfortunately, Woods has decided he wants to keep showing up at every major event, even if he doesn’t have the energy to win, play, or even play 72 holes if he makes the cut.
Is this what the golf public wants to see, a player of increasingly poor skill limping around a tournament field pretending to be a legitimate competitor?
“I’ve gotten stronger since then,” Woods said of his endurance since the Masters on Tuesday at the PGA Championship. “However, it still hurts and walking is a challenge. I can play golf, but the challenge is walking. It will definitely be for the foreseeable future.”
What is the foreseeable future? Since walking is such an integral part of the game, you have to believe that Woods will struggle in Tulsa, where he limped for a 79 Saturday night at South Mountain and did drop out after 9-over.
After advancing Friday, Woods talked about the difficulty of playing in his current form and how he has to do some physical things to get ready for Saturday.
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When asked to rate his discomfort on a scale of 1 to 10, Woods responded “that’s it.”
Clearly Woods meant his body was done, he just hoped he could find a way to get around the next 36 holes.
So on Saturday, the gathered media and ESPN were documenting every shot Woods hit while watching Woods’ deteriorating health.
When Woods finished, he didn’t feel the need to explain his worst record in the PGA Championship until the world found him out.
Part of the statement issued by the PGA of America read: “We admire the heroic efforts of the Tigers to compete with Nanshan here.”
Is it brave or selfish?
What does the tiger want to prove, and to whom?
With 82 PGA Tour titles, including 15 majors, what does he need to prove?
Woods has talked about not wanting to be a ceremonial golfer, but how would you describe his seven rounds during the Masters and PGA Championship?
Is Woods Competitive? Does he have any chance of winning either event? The answer is no.
In fact, as the game went on, Woods focused more on his physical problems than on his golf level.
So, we’re now waiting to see if Woods will hop on his private jet and fly from Jupiter, Florida to Boston for an exploratory round on a course he may not have played since the 1999 Ryder Cup Contest.
Hopefully that flight never happens. Woods is not yet competitive, nor will he be competitive at the British Open at the Old Course at St Andrews in two months.
Woods obviously takes time, a lot of time, and I’m not very interested in watching Woods rehab in the majors and grab a spot from a more valuable player.
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