Two recent reports on the status of Tiger Woods alarm me as a golf fan. I want to see the former world number one succeed. His mere presence has made the PGA Tour more viable and tour stops make more money when Woods is in play.
However, I think fans are finally seeing just how competitive Woods can be, even to his own detriment.
Devil Ball Golf reports a new excerpt from Hank Haney's book "The Big Miss" alleges Woods tore his ACL in his knee in 2007 because of going on a training mission with U.S. Navy SEALs. That same leg is bothering him now as Woods has soreness in his Achilles tendon.
The golf superstar took a week off and now will play two tournaments in one week. Woods will play at the Tavistock Cup exhibition March 19. Two days later, he'll be at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to compete on the PGA Tour.
Perhaps the competitive nature of Woods is getting the best of him. Originally, the story went that Woods tore his ACL while jogging. I'm not a golfer, but I can imagine that Woods could at least afford a treadmill upon which to job as opposed to running outside on harder surfaces. Plus golf really doesn't require much cardiovascular fitness. It's nice to workout and get your muscles toned, but extreme jogging and running don't necessarily fit into a golf workout routine.
Woods needs to take a clue from his aching body. Decades of winning, and the stress it took to get there, have taken its toll. All of this seemingly aberrant behavior from Woods started after his father died in early May 2006 of prostate cancer. ESPN stated the elder Woods was the golfer's "best friend and greatest role model."
It was because of the influence of his father that Woods started playing golf at a young age. He was swinging clubs before he could even read or write.
Woods's father died nearly six years ago. The PGA star's life has changed remarkably since then--multiple surgeries, a divorce and a losing streak have all been a part of the Woods resume.
I'm no psychologist, but perhaps it is time to put the legacy of Earl Woods behind. His son needs to simply rest, relax and enjoy life without needing to compete on the golf course. Over 30 years of golf perfection has been more than what most people do in a lifetime. Tiger Woods has nothing left to prove to the world in terms of golf.
William Browning has covered sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network including golf and local golf courses in southwest Missouri. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
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