Originally Posted by jamo
He missed big parts of 2010 (self-imposed suspension after the cheating stuff, neck issues at the Players, plus he spent most of the year without a swing coach) and 2011 (knee and achilles after the Eisenhower Tree swing).
You're right though, he will miss much more time this year.
Not sure if your timeline is accurate. The Cup was played Oct. 1-4 in 2010 and Sept. 28-30 in 2012. Sure, he w/d in May, but had FIVE months to recover from an inflamed disc. And I don't think "lingering soreness" or personal problems is a good excuse. He is a professional athlete and has access to the best physical therapist, message therapist, psychologist and drugs money can buy. If Woods didn't feel he was in the right physical and mental condition to play, he should have manned up and backed out for the team's sake. He played because he was good to go.
But, I yield. You are right. The decision Watson is facing - evaluating TW's physical condition to play - is exactly the same / or not that different from Pavin's in 2010. You can verify the timeline of TW's injuries here.
A chronology of Tiger Woods' injuries:
April 26, 2011 — Reveals that he has a minor sprain of medial collateral ligaments in left knee and minor strain of his left Achilles', and that he will miss the Wells Fargo Championship.
Dec. 11, 2010 — Has cortisone shot in his right ankle because of lingering soreness in his Achilles'.
May 9, 2010 — Withdraws on the seventh hole of the final round at The Players Championship with what he fears is a bulging disk. He later says it was inflammation of a joint in his neck. He doesn't miss a start, returning a month later at the Memorial.
December 2008 — Ruptures the Achilles' tendon in his right leg.