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Tiger can't win. As it should be.

Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:02 am
As always, Tiger Woods has done this to himself. He has nobody else to blame, nobody but himself, for the latest no-win situation he faces after his nine-hole withdrawal -- whether it was justified or gutless -- from the Players Championship on Thursday.

The U.S. Open is next month, and whatever he does, Woods can't make the right choice. Because there is no right choice.

If he skips it, well, that's one less chance to win a major. He'll be one U.S. Open closer to the end of his career, another missed opportunity to gain ground on the biggest goal of his career: Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles. As it is, Tiger has 14.

But that's really the only option he has, because if Woods does go to the 2011 U.S. Open -- if he plays at all -- he risks being branded a quitter for that mid-round white flag he waved on Thursday. If your knee and Achilles' and calf are all hurting to the point where you can't finish a round of golf, as Woods explained was the case after Thursday's round, how can you possibly be healthy enough for the grueling test of a U.S. Open just five weeks later?

And then imagine this possibility. Imagine Woods going to the U.S. Open and winning the thing -- or simply coming close. He'd be branded a fraud and a phony, because while I'm not doctor, I'm here to tell you it would impossible to be as injured as he claimed to be Thursday, and then win the most grueling test in golf five weeks later. And even if it were possible -- remember, Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open on a bum knee -- who'd believe it?

Not me. Probably not you. Fair or not, Tiger has exhausted our ability to believe the best in him.

Which leads me back to his withdrawal on Thursday. If that injury was as bad as he says, how come the strangest shot of the day was a 5-wood on his last hole that sailed 290 yards?

What golfer is so injured that he hits the ball too far?

Category: Golf
Tags: Tiger Woods

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 11:47 am

Tiger can't win. As it should be.

I've actually watched more golf since the demise of Eldrick.  I'll admit that I am a Lefty fan, but always appreciated what Woods could do on a course.  Charlotte was amazing last week and Sawgrass is very entertaining without front-side Woods!  I do hope he comes back for the Open so we can watch him crash and burn.  The karma police are doing their job :)

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:57 am

Tiger can't win. As it should be.

Doyel again writing garbage.  5 weeks...are you kidding?  The type of rehab and resources athletes have available to them during injury recovery allows for a lot of healing and strengthening in 5 weeks.  And as you pointed out, he won on one leg in 2008, why can't he do it again?  Who wouldn't believe it this time around?  Only the people that don't want him to succeed.  Golf is not nearly as fun to watch when Tiger's not on the course. And it won't be until Rory finally shows us all that he is the next great golfer.  Not one of-the.  If they guy is injured, he's injured. End of story.  If he comes back it just means he thinks he's healthy enough to push for the win.  Stop making everything Tiger does a melodrama.  That's on you, Doyel.

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:31 am

Tiger can't win. As it should be.

If your knee and Achilles' and calf are all hurting to the point where you can't finish a round of golf, how can you possibly be healthy enough for the grueling test of a U.S. Open just five weeks later?
Because we have never seen a player leave the basketball, baseball, hockey game or a round of golf for that matter, with a painful injury and come back in 5 weeks... Never!

Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 2:02 am

Tiger can't win. As it should be.

Why does it seem that Tiger is still "front-page" golf news? Aren't there any other players to write about? Tiger is still a polarizing figure (love him or hate him) but some acknowledgement should be given to the golfers who ARE trying to step up and take his place. 

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:21 pm

Tiger can't win. As it should be.

ALWAYSGIMMEE, you are an idiot!  15 years??  Seriously, 15 years you think this guy has left??  He is 35 and an OLD 35 at that, I would not be suprised at all if he NEVER wins another major in his career. 

I like this 25 questioning Arnold Palmer to, shut it moron!

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:52 pm

Tiger can't win. As it should be.

bobthefan, you hit the nail on the head about the gimme moron. He fancies himself a golf fan, yet in the couple of years I've seen his rubbish on these boards I am still waiting to see his first post that demonstates any real knowledge of the game. And yes, he is a Tiger fanboi. I'm sure that he's investigated the possibility of a sex change to see if he can become a Tiger groupie .... probably has dreams about it. LOL

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 8:48 pm

Tiger can't win. As it should be.

Alwaysgimme:  I was semi with you up to the point where you said TW has "15 years, at least" to break Jack's record!!  LMAO at your ignorance of golf.  You are clearly a TW fan (as opposed to a GOLF fan), who has not played the game, or followed the careers of other pros over the years.  Realistically, TW has about 4 or 5 years left to break Jack's record, not 15...almost no one wins a major after age 40, and damn few after the age of 35, as TW is now.  He pretty much needs to win two THIS YEAR to have any realistic chance of reaching his magic number (19) by age 40.  The likelihood of it happening is very low, I'd book your bet all day at 20-1 odds.  Lest you brand me as a TW hater, you'd be wrong.  I was a TW fan before you ever heard of him, when he was winning Junior tourneys here in Southern Calif 20 years ago.  But I am also a realist, and understand the "wall" most people hit in their mid-30s.  Tiger is no exception.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 3:22 pm

Tiger can't win. As it should be. just signed in here and know all this about doyel??? are you doyel himself or just a family member??? accomplished athlete, hahahaha...i played multiple sports in high school and still play a few of them to this day. it certainly doesn't make me an "accomplished" athlete...

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 2:23 pm

Tiger can't win. As it should be.

Doyel attended high school in Georgia, where he was an accomplished all-state athlete in soccer, and attended college at the , where he was a sports writer for the .  So while never a professional athlete, Doyel was a real athlete and definitely an accomplished athlete.  And as you imply, Doyel is somewhat unobjective with respect to Woods, but can you actually blame him for that?  Do you expect him to root for him and pull for him?

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:42 am

Tiger can't win. As it should be.

1987Gamecock, he changed his swing not once, but twice, and the results were good, following rough periods of time just like we're seeing now. I laugh when Arnold Palmer says Woods doesn't need a swing coach. Who is he to pronounce judgement on a much better golfer than he was? Maybe Arnold himself could have benefited from a swing coach, who knows? Woods' problems this time are far more complicated than having or not having a swing coach. And has 15 years -at-least- to equal or surpass Nicklaus' records; hard to see him not doing that unless health problems force him out of the sport altogether. (And when I say "records", I'm using it in the sense of his list of wins; Snead won more times, although 22 of those wins were during WW2.)

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