Rewind a few weeks to the Masters Tournament.
Remember when Tiger Woods appeared to be doing squats under the Eisenhower Tree at No. 17 during the third round? Well, the shot he played from that awkward stance in the pine needles apparently did enough harm to his left knee that he'll miss next week's PGA Tour stop, the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC.
Woods suffered a Grade One mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon on the shot. And while he was obviously able to continue playing—he shot a closing round 67 and almost won the tournament—the medical advice he received was to hang it up for a couple weeks.
Woods was prescribed rest, cold-water therapy and soft tissue treatment.
"I personally contacted tournament officials and expressed my regret in not being able to play," Woods said on his web site. "This is an outstanding event, but I must follow doctors' orders to get better."
I understand the delay to play in this instance, but I don't think the best thing for Woods' ongoing "comeback" is such an abbreviated schedule. He hasn't played since the Masters. And while this setback only delays his return to the game another week, at this rate (just five events entered so far this year), he's playing about one tournament per month in 2011.
Whatever the reasons, I believe the less Woods plays, the less likely he'll be to get his swing back where he wants it.