|Tiger Woods’ woes continued as he withdrew from the Players Championship on Thursday through injury after slipping to six over par after the opening nine holes. REUTERS/Hans Deryk
The day after Tiger Woods exited the Players Championship on Thursday, I received an e-mail with the subject line: “Tiger Woods Withdrawals from Players Championship Due to Knee Problems.”
My first reaction was thanks for the news flash. My second reaction was that the word “withdrawals” is not a verb. My defence mechanism kicked in for other reasons – this release was offering “leading orthopedic surgeons” for comment on Woods’ knee injury.
I may have lost my lunch while dissecting frogs in high school, but what I do know is that a surgeon – no matter how accomplished he may be and I didn’t take time to check out credentials – should at least have knowledge of the individual case before commenting on it publicly.
Nowhere did the release indicate that these guys had specific knowledge of Woods. Apparently, shameless self-promotion is part of the honourable medical profession and what better way to do it than riding the back of an injured Tiger?
This is the stuff we’ll endure as the game’s biggest name considers his medical options. There will be many experts, not only from the medical profession, but also those who inhabit media centres and even those who don’t on a regular basis.
Personally, I’m of the Paul Azinger school of thought. Woods’ latest knee problem is only one challenge facing Woods in the post-scandal portion of his career. The swing changes he is trying to implement are important, but also not the cure for what ails him.
The knee and the swing are what we can see and examine, but just pieces of the puzzle. Some of the physical abilities that made him the No. 1 player in the world are still there, judging by brief flashes of brilliance at the Masters, but what about what we can’t see or examine?
All of these physical annoyances are only serving to compound the turmoil going on in his head as he deals with his fall from grace. He’s in a position that he’s never been before and he can’t understand it.
That’s just theory and there are plenty of those floating around today, so don’t believe me either. Wait to hear from Woods and his docs about his physical ailments, but as far as the big picture goes, what they tell you will not be the complete story.
There are no Tiger experts – including Tiger himself right now. If he needs time off, it won’t be just to rest his knee, but also to search his soul.
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