SAN DIEGO – Now his behind is out.
Tiger Woods, his essence already painful by shocking chipping woes that have led some to trust he’s on his final legs, compounded his wretchedness between a ropes Thursday by tweaking his back.
Fog got Woods as a complicated sea covering lonesome Torrey Pines and twice behind a start of a Farmers Insurance Open.
During one of a suspensions, Woods stood around on a use putting immature for utterly some time, articulate divided most of a check with Billy Horschel and Woody Austin while his behind started to tie up.
When a object finally pennyless by and burnt off a mist, Woods suspicion he could disencumber his surgically remade back.
He suspicion wrong.
On a same drift where Woods won a 2008 U.S. Open on a damaged left leg and a left knee whose ligaments were shredded, Woods couldn’t quarrel by a pain this time as his behind tightened up.
On a third hole of a North Course – Woods had started on a behind 9 – he shook a hands of personification partners Rickie Fowler and Horschel and headed to a parking lot.
“It’s frustrating that it started shutting down like that,” Woods pronounced as he stood by his pleasantness car. “I was prepared to go. we had a good warmup event a initial time around. Then we stood out here and we got cold, and all started deactivating again. And it’s frustrating that we usually can’t stay activated.
“That’s usually kind of a approach it is.”
And another doubt is combined to a list when it comes to Woods, who looked until Thursday to have been as healthy as he’s been in years.
Where once people wondered if Woods would mangle Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 vital titles and Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 wins, now a doubt is either he’ll ever supplement to his 14 majors and 79 wins.
“Obviously it was tough to seem him struggle,” pronounced Fowler, who shot 69 alongside Woods. ” … Obviously, he was not means to burst around and do jumping jacks or anything like that, yet he was ginger during times. He wasn’t out there observant his behind harm or anything like that. He was not creation any excuses; he was out there fighting and grinding, we could see that.
“Obviously it held adult to him and it’s his decision. If he feels like it’s a best to go and take some time off, not to continue to play, afterwards he’s got to do that for himself.”
Woods is adding to one series – this was a eighth withdrawal in 304 events for Woods as a professional, 6 of them entrance given a start of 2010. And it was a third WD in a final 12 months. A slipped hoop nearby his neck, a painful Achilles and his heavy behind have gotten him.
His birth certificate reveals he’s 39, yet his physique denunciation creates it demeanour like it’s going on 60. Last week he shot his misfortune measure as a pro – 82 – and missed a cut in a Waste Management Phoenix Open, imprinting a initial time in his career he missed uninterrupted cuts.
At times during Thursday’s 11½ holes, Woods looked like a smashed esteem warrior who didn’t know when adequate was enough.
He grabbed his behind after a infamous pitch on a 11th tee, limped via a condensed spin and cautiously retrieved a golf round out of a hole on many occasions. Once, Horschel focussed over to collect adult Woods’ tee and handed it to him.
“He’s a fighter,” Horschel said. “He wants to get a reps in, he wants to play well, and he kept perplexing to play by it, anticipating that it would disencumber adult and we consider it was removing there. And afterwards we had to wait again when we done a spin and from there it usually was genuine tough to see him travel and make swings.”
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At this strand review that has been one of his favorite playgrounds – he’s won a record 7 Farmers – Woods was carrying no fun as his motorist was sailing right and his chipping diversion remained iffy during best. On his 11th hole, he indispensable 3 chip shots from around a immature to strech a green.
Just dual years ago Woods won 5 times and was a actor of a year. Now he’s usually descending in a central universe golf rankings he used to order – he started a week No. 56. And a Masters is entrance adult quick – it’s a meagre 9 weeks from now.
That competence be adequate time for Woods to get ready, Horschel said.
“I consider he’s doing a lot of good things in his game,” Horschel said. “I consider he’s not that distant off, deliberation what everybody else is thinking, yet from my eye we feel like he’s unequivocally tighten to personification well. It’s usually a matter of removing some reps and staying healthy so he can work on his diversion still.”
Even in good health, though, Woods competence not get in adequate reps.
Woods was not formulation on personification during Pebble Beach subsequent week, nor during Riviera nearby Los Angeles a following week. The Honda Classic in 3 weeks was his projected subsequent start. Right now he wouldn’t validate for a World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship that follows Honda. Two weeks after he’d expected play a Arnold Palmer Invitational during Bay Hill in Orlando, and afterwards conduct to a Masters.
If he doesn’t supplement another contest to his schedule, and does play usually a Honda and a API, a male who insists he needs rival reps to put glow behind in his diversion would usually have 4 starts underneath his belt before pushing down Magnolia Lane.
If he gets there, that is. His behind forced him to skip a Masters final year, a initial time he didn’t play among a azaleas in his pro career. Right now, things usually don’t demeanour good for a male that once looked invincible.