“He’s hurt. He’s hurt.”
Those are the words I uttered while watching Tiger Woods on the 72nd hole of the 2011 Masters after hitting his second shot to the final hole in pain. I knew he was hurt. And now the knee and Achilles injuries suffered on Masters Saturday are going to keep him out of a major.
There’s two ways of looking at this. The first is that Tiger is learning the lessons of 2008, and that to take care of himself and have a long career he needs to actually listen to his doctors, and not put himself through hell — like he did when he won the 2008 US Open on one leg. And that he’s not more hurt than he’s letting on — he’s just resting.
The other is that something is very wrong, and we’re on a path to complete knee reconstruction. That would devastating for Tiger, and for golf, and would almost certainly end his quest to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 19 majors.
Is sitting out the 2011 US Open the right move? Probably is. But now the question turns to the AT&T National July 4th weekend, and beyond.
Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte hinted tonight that this hiatus may last through the British.
My message to Tiger would be don’t come back to soon, but without knowledge of the severity of the injuries, does anyone know what too soon is anymore?