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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tiger withdraws

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Players Championship for the second straight year due to injury.
He withdrew after just nine holes due to re-injuring his left knee and Achilles tendon which he originally hurt at the Masters and had not played since. Woods posted a front-nine 42 before pulling out.

When he announced he was not playing Wells Fargo last week due to the injury, I tweeted that he would not return until the Memorial. Now that tournament, and possibly the US Open are in doubt. And even if he does play, he won't be close to 100 percent so it will be hard for him to be in contention.

When the Open arrives next month, it will be three years since Tiger's last major championship. With each one that passes, it gets that much harder for him to pass Jack Nicklaus' total of 18. Nicklaus' key was his longevity - he won three majors in his 40s.

His body was not breaking down like Tiger's is now. At age 36, Tiger's prime golf years are quickly slipping away.

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