Rickie Fowler, baby!
I did hedge my bets a little and back Tiger in one of the later questions for the staff predictions. Might have to email @mchepp and get him to change some things.
What I find amazing is that Faldo said Graham DeLaet had the same back surgery as Tiger and DeLaet missed something like 10-11 months. Tiger came back in 11 weeks. I know everybody's different, but that's quite the dramatic difference in time table between those two guys.
DeLeat: chipping and putting after three months. Returned to competition after six months. Deemed he came back too soon, and took another four-five months off after that.
Tiger back in eleven weeks.
I really hope it's just a spasm, and he did say it felt like it was in a different spot than where he had the surgery, but if it's not a spasm and this is related, then this raises some eyebrows I guess in his decision making.
Yea, this did cross my mind at one point as well.
And I know he's rich and was only, what, nine holes away from a pay check? It seems unlikely, but certainly possible.
Yea. It seems really unlikely it was faked. Seems easier to just suck it up, get the reps, go home, lick your wounds, and move onto the PGA.
But hey, at least we still have Patrick Reed in red and black today!
I was surprised he came back so soon because I thought it would take quite a while to learn new techniques I thought he would implement. I was even more surprised that he came back without much apparent effort to change swings at all.
It's not on Foley. Tiger is the one swinging the golf club and surely has some input into the direction he wants to go.
Nobody knows if Tiger would be any good with a different swing but to keep swinging with the same technique after an injury requiring surgery seems strange to me.
If something hurts me I'm going to figure out another way of doing it that doesn't hurt me and it doesn't make much difference what any coach may say. It may or may not cause a loss of performance but loss of performance is guaranteed when you can't play at all.
Most of those guys suffered injuries in the same spot or same area, though. Kim kept suffering from hand/wrist injuries...same with Casey....Oosthuizen keeps hurting his back. With Tiger, it's been like every different part of his body. Goes from one area to the next to the next. Now it's a different part of the back. If you would play the game "Operation", they could use Tiger Woods as the cover for the game.
If Tiger injured himself again (even if it's in a different spot) he just needs to shut it down for the rest of this season. Maybe there's a legit reason others that had the same surgery didn't come back for 6 months. I'm sure Tiger feels the pressure of chasing Jack's record but he's not going to get it this way.
We golfers are such creatures of habit. As I watched the replay of the tee shot and his obvious pain as he was slowly starting to walk toward the fairway, here's a guy who is nearly (or maybe is) a billionaire, reaching down to pick up his tee! Not once did it seem to even cross his mind that it was going to hurt or this tee is worth just a few cents and I don't need it any more today, he just reflexively reaches down and picks it up. Amazing.
I wonder how much longer Tiger has the drive to keep playing golf. Injuries has been his thing the last six (?) years. He's played great when he's been healthy and gotten a few tournaments in, but it rarely last very long. Six years that's been highlighted by injuries and a lack of major victories.
I'm disappointed because I want to watch the best player play golf. I can't imagine how frustrating this must be to Tiger.
No need to talk about the playoffs and The Ryder Cup at this point I guess. Taking the year off might be the best. If he's feeling up to it, he will probably practice and play at home, but he's more likely to hurt himself in tournaments. Especially these days when his accuracy is off and he has to hit these funky shots all the time.
He said he's felt fine in the previous tournaments, but if he's been feeling this almost the entire round, one might question his priorities when he keeps playing. It's not like he was in danger of winning anything this weekend anyways.