Is next season the beginning of Tiger Woods' last stand?

Tiger Woods will likely not play golf in the calendar year 2016. I've long said this is the proper move for Big Cat, who has undergone three back procedures in less than two years. Rest up, see how you feel coming into 2017 and try to wriggle your way to a few wins over the next decade.

It seems like the 2017 Genesis Open is the best place for all of this to go down. From a timing, contextual and frankly a naming standpoint. It's the genesis of the end for Woods.

That seems like the way we're trending, too. Woods' buddy, Notah Begay, recently ventured to see his old roommate and reported back on Golf Channel about the state of Tiger.

"It will be a new chapter," said Begay. "Just like 1996 was the beginning, this is going to be the beginning of a new chapter for Tiger Woods, and probably his last. He understands that he's much closer to the end of his career than the beginning and that if he has another injury and has to sustain another rehabilitation period that he might not make it back."

It's a sobering thing to think about a golf world without Tiger Woods but that reality is starting to set in. Will Woods ever play again? I would be stunned if he didn't. But he'll never win like he once did. Golf fields are too tough. He has to be better than too many players. He will never win a major championship again.

I think he can be good for several more years (if healthy), but golf is too deep for him to roll like he once rolled. Hopefully though we get one final chapter like we did with Tim Duncan or Kobe Bryant or Peyton Manning. Champs should go out their own way even if it's not like we once imagined.

CBS Sports Writer

Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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