Tiger Woods: Why He Doesn't Play, Or Care What You Think About It

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Tiger Woods: Why He Doesn't Play, Or Care What You Think About It
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Tiger Woods suffered an injury three weeks ago at Augusta on the 17th hole in the third round. According to sources it's a level one, mild sprain on the same left knee that has nagged him throughout his illustrious career.

Surprisingly Tiger's usual theatrics of showing that he's in pain weren't on display as he was fist-pumping birdie putts on the first nine at Augusta the following day. 

This is the same guy that beat Rocco Mediate on one leg (essentially) in a 19 hole playoff on a torn ACL and stress fractures to win his 14th major at Torrey Pines in 2008.

That's all a distant memory now as the infamous "level one mild sprain" will keep him out of action at Quail Hollow at the Wells Fargo Championship next weekend.

Or is it the unprecedented 79 Tiger posted there last season in the second round to miss the cut that has him not returning to Charlotte this year?

I know Tiger puts unbelievable stress on his knees and he needs to be careful, especially with the left one. But is it time for him to be honest and just admit that he plays when he wants to play?

Selfishly, I would love nothing more than to see Eldrick every weekend, but that's wishful thinking. Here is why Tiger doesn't play as frequently anymore, and doesn't care how you feel about it.

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