Well, this really sucks. Tiger Woods will not be playing in this year's Masters Tournament, which also coincides with the 20th anniversary of his record-breaking first major victory. Tiger just moments ago sent out a tweet explaining that he would only be attending the champion’s dinner with “friends.” I do not think he could have made this announcement in a sadder way:
Tiger’s return to tournament golf got off to a hot start last December in the Bahammas. Although he finished near the back of the field, Tiger’s game showed signs of his former brilliance. He shot a second round bogey-free 65 (!!!) and was even leading the tournament at one point. Fast forward a few months and Tiger started to fall back to reality.
After attempting to play 4 tournaments in 5 weeks, Tiger first missed the cut at Torrey Pines and one week later, withdrew from the Dubai Dessert Classic citing back spasms.
Recently, there have been positive reports coming out of Jupiter, Florida saying that Tiger has been trying to prepare, in some manner, for the Masters.
And now, nothing.
Tiger Woods sits at 14 majors. The record is 18. The only tournaments Tiger really cares about now are the four annual majors. By not playing in the Masters this year, Tiger now only has 3 chances at playing and furthermore, winning one this year. First and foremost, the guy needs to show up to the golf course and actually play 18 holes without hurting himself, and I don’t even think he is or will ever get to that point.
It pains me to say it, but Tiger is more probable than not, finished. It’s amazing to think what could have been if the greatest golfer of our generation had stayed moderately healthy over the course of his career. For now, I think Tiger should focus on writing more books chronicling his illustrious career and revisit playing in a few years. What could have been?