Tiger Woods is leaving golf to work on his game. Tiger Woods made this announcement Wednesday; he needed to “step out of the public eye”. Tiger claims his leave of absence is not related to last year’s back injury. Tiger failed in the Masters last year and could do the same this year. ESPN Stats & Info Senior Researcher Matt Willis made the statement, “I can’t remember an athlete taking a break because he was not playing well enough. But it’s clear something has not been right with his game in two years.”
Woods has missed three cuts, and withdrawn from three tournaments. He has been struggling since the start of 2014. He has failed to finish a game three times and in nine months he has dropped from first to 62nd in the World Rankings.
There are many that believe Tiger Woods should not play the Masters. They think that someone with a bad back does not need to make the long arduous walk. Tiger lost two starts at Whistling Straits and the PGA Championship so the Masters are not looking good.
Tiger was not scheduled to return to PGA golf for two more weeks, but now that he is “stepping down”, he will not be qualified to play the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Aside from what Tiger has already missed, he will also not be attending the Honda Classic. Tiger will have at least a month of what he needs to work on his game.
Since the 2008th U.S. Open, the public has not heard completely on the status of Tiger’s health. Fans do not understand Tiger was hurt much more than he is allowing people to see right now. Tiger is losing fans. Besides the new injury, he has withdrawn from six tournaments in the last five years. It is obvious that Tiger has some serious issues.
Tiger Woods’ statistics are astoundingly poor. He would have tied for 211th place in driving accuracy, and tied to 213th place in greens in regulation percentage. Tiger did say he would return to golf, when he feels that he is “tournament ready”. Tiger says the injury that caused him to withdraw from the Torrey Pines event was not related to his back surgery from last spring.
Tiger’s surgery, last March was to relieve a pinched nerve in his back. Tiger returned to PGA golf three months later. Tiger dropped out of the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, a decision he made due to the fact that he was at that time suffering from back spasms. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship and was out for another three months for rehabilitation.
Now everyone wants to know, “Who is in-line to take Tiger’s place?’ In terms of who could replace him, there are several options that are currently being discussed. Jordan Spieth has a great short game and is ninth in the rankings. Patrick Reed has four wins already, as well as a Tiger–like intensity. Reed is 15th in the rankings. Billy Horschel won last year’s season points race, and is ranked number 17th. Dustin Johnson seems to be the most physically ready to win the big games. Fowler has the charisma to drive attendance and television rating, however, he also only has one win in 134 starts. He is 12th in the rankings.
No matter who takes the reigns, until thing one thing will most certainly remain clear. Tiger Woods will be fighting hard, to return to his old status.
By Jeanette Smith
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