British Open 2011: Why Tiger Woods Should Skip the Open Championship
Tiger Woods hasn’t won a major golf tournament since 2008. Being 35 years old and four major victories behind the leader Jack Nicklaus, Tiger may be tempted to jump back into golf early and compete again. Doing so would be a grave mistake.
If Woods were to reinjure his knee again, it would take even longer for him to return to golf. According to the New York Times, Tiger talked to the media about his rehab saying:
“We’re in the gym every day, most of the time two times, sometimes three times a day. It’s not just the leg; it’s the whole body. Got to keep everything going. And obviously soft tissue, getting that worked on. So it’s been arduous, but then again, I’ve done this before.”
Woods has worked too hard to make a comeback before he’s 100 percent healthy, or at least healthy enough that there’s no injury risk.
Nicklaus won his last major at the age of 46. Being 35 in golf is like being 29 in football or 31 in basketball. At that age you’re definitely a veteran, but there’s still a lot someone that old can accomplish.
Returning to competition early could derail his future in the PGA. Tiger has everything to lose. Sure, he has a lot to gain in winning his 15th major, but it’s not like there’s a great chance of that happening in the 2011 British Open.
Woods is currently ranked the 17th player in the world. He hasn’t been ranked that low since 1997, but he hasn’t won a single title for 19th months. It would be a miracle for Tiger to win the British Open, movie worthy, Rated R, of course.
By the time 2011’s next major rolls around, don’t expect Tiger to be competing.
David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer. Follow him on Twitter.
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