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Tiger Woods: Open Is Make-or-Break Tournament for Struggling Woods

SAN MARTIN, CA - OCTOBER 05:  Tiger Woods (R) looks on with his new caddie Joe LaCava during the Pro Am of the Open at the CordeValle Golf Club on October 5, 2011 in San Martin, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2011

Several years ago, you would never have seen Tiger Woods enter a tournament like the Open. It's not that it's not a good tournament—I'm sure it's run very well, and it will give fans a lot of good golf. It's just that Tiger Woods used to be so selective about which tournaments he played in. It was somewhat rare that he entered in a tournament that wasn't a Major or a WGC event like the Match Play Championship.

But Woods' career is suffering like it never has before. The last several years, years filled with injuries and personal issues, have knocked him down from his perch as the top-ranked player in the world, and some are beginning to wonder if he will ever get back to his form of old.

That has forced Woods to enter a tournament like the Open. Before the bigger tournaments start up, he needs to know where he is at physically.

That's why this tournament has suddenly become a make-or-break moment for Woods. If Woods is going to get back to the top of the game and to the top of his game, he needs to show something this weekend.

The stage is really set for him to put some good rounds together and find himself towards the top of the leaderboard when it's all said and done.

The field isn't star-studded, for starters. There will be good players on the course like Angel Cabrera, Ernie Els and Rocco Mediate, but Tiger should have no problems competing with those that will be there.

It will also help that he will be away from the bright lights and attention to some degree. The bright lights and attention follow Tiger, obviously, but this will be nothing like a major tournament.

Woods won't be completely healthy and in top form this weekend. That would be expecting too much given how little golf he has played this year.

But we need to see something out of Woods.

He'll have that chance this weekend.

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