Early Friday, Tiger Woods finally broke his silence about his back injury sustained at the Dubai Desert Classic. Tiger has been advised by his doctors to not play the Genesis Open at Riviera and the Honda Classic at “The Bear Trap.” Tiger hopes these two weeks will help his back calm down. The Genesis Open is working in partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation and also served as a homecoming for Woods, who grew up in Southern California. Tiger, as the official host of the Genesis, will still be in attendance. There is no timetable for Woods’ return to the course.
At this point, Tiger needs to figure out his future. Does he really want to come back and compete? Does he think he can keep up with the young guys on tour? Will he be fine with no longer being the best? If Tiger is not sure about any of these questions, then it might be time to time call it a career.
From a fans perspective, knowing Tiger, I think he believes that he can still compete. Like I said in my last article, I believe that this is just a minor setback for a major return. I do believe that Tiger can get back on the course and play effective golf. I know all this depends on Tiger’s health, but the bottom line is he just needs time to find an effective workout program and a swing that works. Again, both of these must protect his body. Unfortunately, at 41 years old, Tiger does not have time on his side.