What does Tiger Woods' most recent injury mean for golf?

Tiger Woods leaves the Bridgestone Invitational early.
Tiger Woods leaves the Bridgestone Invitational early. (Getty Images)

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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.

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.

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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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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