What does Tiger Woods' most recent injury mean for golf?
Tiger Woods re-injured his back on Sunday at Firestone Country Club and that's unfortunate for the sport of golf.
If you follow golf on Twitter you likely follow the Golf Channel's Tiger Woods tracker that gives breathless updates on the status of Tiger's game and play-by-play of his press conferences and shots.
The Tiger tracker updates its profile photo with whichever tournament Tiger last won, which is significant this week because I noticed that it's still a photo of Tiger's 2013 Bridgestone Invitational win.
Woods withdrawing from this tournament on Sunday means this will be the second time in his career he's gone 12 months or more without a win -- the last one was from September 2009 to March 2012, or 30 months.
His finishes this season look like this: T80, W/D, T25, CUT, 69th, W/D. So that's not good.
Woods is back home in Florida being re-evaluated but things don't look great for him returning in 2014, one would think.
@TigerWoods flew back home to S. FLA. Will be evaluated and decision on PGA will be made when ready. All according to agent Mark Steinberg.— Todd Lewis (@ToddLewisGC) August 3, 2014
So what does that mean for the sport?
Well it really only means two things. The first is that the tone of the PGA Championship next week will change. In fact, it's already changed.
after Tiger's WD at Bridgestone today, PGA Champ odds go from 12/1 to 40/1, although refund is most likely outcome, doubt he'll play
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) August 3, 2014
Since Tiger was never going to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs barring a miracle anyway that's sort of a non-starter.
The other thing it means is that Tom Watson can probably rest a little easier knowing that Tiger is likely to shut it down and take his tough decision of whether or not to take a wounded Tiger to Gleneagles out of his hands.
Long term for Tiger, who knows? I'm not going to hot take you to death with my opinions on backs and cores, and Tiger's swing.
He's clearly not in a great place, with his body or his game, and for golf's sake I hope he gets better. But one can't help but think we're seeing the beginning (or middle? end?) of the end when it comes to Tiger.
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