Tiger’s Troubles

As I am sitting here watching the finale of the Farmer’s Insurance Open in beautiful San Diego, I am very interested in the outcome.  I know that is not the case for a lot of people who are drawn to the game only for Tiger Woods.  Don’t get me wrong, Tiger is my favorite player of all time and we will get to his plight in a minute.

I really like all the guys I am watching.  Lucas Glover is a fellow Clemson Tiger.  JB Holmes and Jason Day are guys I have always enjoyed watching.  Harris English has a nice, smooth tempo.  I even played match play in a junior golf tournament against Scott Stallings in New Hampshire where we both spent our summers.  He couldn’t have been nicer then and I suspect it is the same today.  I think the game is in good hands for the days when Tiger is no longer playing.  That is what I want to talk about here.

I have seen all the crazy theories on what Tiger should do.  I think, in regards to the technical stuff, he is the most qualified to make the decisions there.  I am not going to wax philosophical on that.  I even read on Golf Digest a hilarious list of seven things he should do, please look it up.

My first thought is that Tiger’s current state is sad.  I don’t care how you feel about athletes, but I never take enjoyment in seeing somebody laid low by injury.  Sure, I love to see rival teams lose, but not due to their own personal harm.  My second thought, depends on Tiger’s actual injury.  I don’t believe for a minute he was faking it at Torrey.  What I do want to know is whether or not it was a strain or something more sinister.  If it is worse than a strain, I think he should honestly consider shutting it down for a substantial length of time.  He needs to be honest with himself and get healthy.  If the back is always in his mind, the swing changes will always be difficult.  Step number one is getting healthy.  Even if he worries about his age, I don’t care how old he is.  With that bad back, he has no chance of competing for the titles he wants.

I want to see Tiger go out on his own terms, not because of injury.  I hope we get to see it, but I’m not as certain that we will.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and got some sort of golf in if you could.  Have a great week and talk to you soon!

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5 thoughts on “Tiger’s Troubles

  1. Agreed, and I think it’s time for him to retire and not drag us through a protracted “top athlete doesn’t know when to quit” saga. He’s earned the right to keep trying but when the body is sending a constant stream of negative messages, it’s time.

    Thanks,

    Brian

    1. I don’t agree on retirement yet. I think he needs to give himself a true recovery time frame. But like you said, he has earned the right to go out on his own terms. I am willing to let him do that no matter how painful it is for his fans.

  2. Tiger will be remembered as one of the best ever! Unfortunately, golf does not have a long memory for players who fade slowly into the sunset. I am not suggesting he needs to quit, but he probably needs to evaluate what he still has to offer. Unfortunate for him, the media plays such a bit role in the future of players, it is likely the media will only report the sensational bad stuff moving forward. I do wish Tiger a speedy recovery.

    Cheers
    Jim

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