Tiger Woods: Minor Injury Now Equals Major Setback

Mike RoozenContributor IIApril 27, 2011

SAN DIEGO - JUNE 16:  Tiger Woods reacts by falling to his knees despite his knee injury after missing his birdie putt on the 19th hole of the playoff during the playoff round of the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 16, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Apparently, Tiger Woods can't play anymore for awhile, as he is now limping around in a cast or some sort of stabilizing device to help him recover from a knee and Achilles tendon injury he suffered while trying to hit a shot out from under a tree.

With his current driving accuracy, ranked 176th and distance figures, ranked 65th, he better get that knee real strong because when he returns for his next comeback, he will most likely be hitting out from under a large number of trees.

Early in his career, Tiger had fans move an enormous boulder claiming it was a loose impediment and the rules officials let him get away with it. 

But even President Eisenhower couldn't get the rules committee at Augusta to take down the tall fir on the 17th hole that has frustrated many Masters contenders, but only caused injury to one. 

That being Tiger Woods.

But there's a much bigger issue here. 

Things would be far different if Tiger's comeback had been right on course prior to this most recent misfortune.

For example, let's say he'd won once or twice since the whole debacle that sidelined him, and maybe even grabbed a major. 

But 11 majors have been contested since Tiger's monumental career went awry and he hasn't really been a serious threat to win any of them, or any of the other tournaments he's been in for that matter.

If he had mounted a comeback that was really happening, this minor knee issue would be a speed bump instead of a major roadblock. 

But his comeback has been limp at best and the once dominant way he played has really started to hurt him as well.

Because apart from whatever is ailing is leg, he must be also suffering from a severely bruised ego, as the guy who was once almost ready to walk on water is now struggling to keep up with the rest of the field. 

So now, he gets to show up for competition even less while he recovers from more physical problems and then return to a comeback that wasn't going anyplace before he suffered the injury. 

How all this leads to a breaking of Jack's record is beyond me.