Think for a second about what it must take for Tiger Woods to skip a major. He's a guy whose single-minded pursuit of major victories has defined his entire existence, so in order for him to forgo a chance at that, even when such chances are dwindling rapidly, he must be looking at severe injury.
And perhaps it's more than severe; perhaps it's career-threatening. That's the possibility aired on Twitter by 2008 Ryder Cup captain and ESPN analyst Paul Azinger. In a discussion with Waggle Room, Zinger brought some very bad news: "If you have an Achilles [tendon injury] and a [bad] knee, that's serious stuff. It must be pretty serious, if this is keeping out a guy who won the 2008 U.S. Open with a torn ACL and a fracture in his leg."
Surely you recall Woods winning the 2008 U.S. Open hobbling around Torrey Pines, yes? In Internet time, it was eons ago. Still, it was a testament to just how tough the guy was. Little did we know it was as far as he'd go, at least to this point.
Azinger believes that Woods' prized, beloved golf swing led to where we are now. "There's a lot of energy, a lot of torque and a quick acceleration to impact," he said. "We all do it. Some bodies hold up better. [Tiger's] leg straightens and his knee has paid a price for that."
Looking forward, Azinger says there's nothing to indicate that Woods will have an easier time in the future. "The energy expended to impact doesn't change," he said. "He has to have something done for that knee to be stable enough to deal with that."
Still, Azinger expressed hope for the future for Woods. "I have so much faith in his talent, I think he'll still [beat Nicklaus' majors record]," he said. "He's only 35."
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