With his great history at Bay Hill, you know Tiger Woods would like to play in the tournament in 2012 if he can. Tiger won Bay Hill four years in a row from 2000 to 2003. He also won Bay Hill in 2008 and 2009.
Tiger Woods Has Won at Bay Hill Six Times
When a player has had great success at an event, and that player has not won a tournament in a while, you know the player wants to play in the event he's had great success in. So if he can, I think Tiger Woods will play at Bay Hill in 2012, and not just as a warmup for the Masters, but to try and win the tournament.
Tiger Woods Battling Achilles Injury
Tiger was all set to play at Bay Hill this year, when his left Achilles started acting up when he was warming up for Sunday's, March 11, 2012, final round at Doral. Tiger started his final round at Doral, but his Achilles kept tightening up on him and by the par five 12th hole he was in a lot of pain.
Tiger teed off on 12, and then called for a cart and withdrew from Doral. That really threw his playing at Bay Hill, and the Masters, into question in 2012. But on Monday, Tiger tweeted that his doctor diagnosed the Achilles problem as a mild strain, and that he can start hitting balls in practice later this week, and that he's hopeful for Bay Hill.
MarShon Brooks in the NBA Has Battled Achilles Injury Off and On for Years
Personally, I've never really had an Achilles problem, even though I've run five miles a day for 360 days a year for over 20 years now. A player from my favorite NBA team though, the New Jersey Nets, just had an Achilles problem back in late January of 2012. Rookie MarShon Brooks was diagnosed with a sore left Achilles tendon on January 23, 2012.
The injury kept Brooks sidelined for five days, during which he missed three games. He then played in a game on January 29, 2012, exactly one week after his Achilles flared up. Brooks said at the time he also had the same injury periodically in college and it was no big deal. He called it a sometimes injury, in that sometimes it bothered him and sometimes it didn't.
MarShon Brooks Says Achilles Injury Sometimes Bothers Him but Usually Goes Away Quick
Brooks broke a toe in his first game back from the Achilles injury and missed six more games, but has not missed a game since he came back from the broken toe. So his Achilles injury must not be bothering him anymore.
Based upon what MarShon Brooks said, that he's been dealing with the Achilles problem since his college days, and that it comes and goes and is no big deal, one would think Tiger Woods might just be able to play at Bay Hill from March 22 to March 25, 2012. That's one week before the Masters.
Hopefully Tiger Woods Can Play at Both Bay Hill and The Masters
Of course Tiger's injury could be worse or different than what MarShon Brooks has dealt with for a few years now, but the injuries sound similar. If they are, Tiger Woods might just be able to play both Bay Hill and the Masters. That would be great for big time golf fans like myself.
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