It’s been deja vu for golf fans all over the world the last few days, as Tiger Woods withdrew from yet another golf tournament because due to back pain.
Woods shot an ugly 77 in Dubai last Thursday before feeling pain in his back during dinner after the first round. Woods’s agent Mark Steinberg stated that the pain in his back was not related to the severe nerve pain that Woods had been struggling with in the past, and that his injury was fairly minor.
Woods plans to play at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club over Presidents Day Weekend, but questions still loom about his health and his ability to compete.
The 41 year-old has had almost no success in his multiple returns to golf over the last few years, and has been nearly painful to watch at points. Many fans are dying to see the El Tigre of the early 2000’s again, but after so many disappointing finishes and crushing injuries, hope is starting to fade in even the most die-hard followers.
Tiger’s drive to win has not wavered yet, however. Despite the incredible adversity facing him, Woods still has his eyes set on The Masters in April, chasing after his 15th major title, and Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles.
Though it seems all hope is lost for an ailing Tiger, whose game has looked even less sharp than his health, he never seems to stop trying to win.
41 may seem old, but Jack Nicklaus won three majors after turning 40, and won a Masters at 46. Perhaps Woods continues to play in majors because Nicklaus had post-40 success, or perhaps because he can’t help himself. Whatever it is that keeps Tiger Woods’s motor going is very powerful, because despite incredible media scrutiny, poor play, injuries, a huge scandal, and a broken marriage, Tiger just can’t keep himself away from the golf course.
Whether he’ll play well at all this year is up in the air, but the very thought of Tiger winning again is enough to keep us interested in every return he makes.
Fans can only hope that golf’s greatest pioneer can return healthy in two weeks time, and remain that way in time for the Masters. Until then, we’ll all lie in wait for El Tigre to strike again.