No one can predict how the Tiger Woods narrative will read in 10 years. Will he have eclipsed Jack, Sam and others? Will he be the most accomplished champion in golf’s history? At one point in time, no one could touch Tiger Woods. Now, his invincibility appears absent. Will a shell of the man we once knew arise and close out an incredible career?
Tiger Woods and his party said yesterday they would be announcing something ‘very soon’ regarding Tiger’s back and his participation in the upcoming Masters. Today, ‘very soon’ arrived, as Tiger announced the following through his website, www.tigerwoods.com:
Tiger underwent a successful microdiscectomy on Monday which has reportedly corrected the nerve issues in his spine, but will it in turn, correct the issues in his game?
Tiger’s start to 2014 has been nothing short of a disaster. For a man– who was once untouchable– to be crippled and hindered by so many injuries feels like an injustice. He’s as physically fit as any golfer in history, but ailed by nagging afflictions as often as any. I understand the microscope in which Tiger is seen is different, but the injuries are starting to become more than a major issue — they may lead to his demise.
This all brings me back to the words of legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins. In an article I recently read (and absolutely loved) about Jenkins, the topic of Tiger Woods arose and Jenkins’ thoughts on the man were expressed. They weren’t glowing. Dan Jenkins was never a fan of Tiger Woods– as a man, at least. But after his historic stretch of golf in 2000 and 2001, Dan Jenkins in 2001 was quoted with the following:
“Only two things can stop Tiger — injury or a bad marriage.”
Jenkins is starting to look prophetic.