For those rare athletes that even separate themselves against other professionals, the competitive edge never rests. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird and Tiger Woods are names that come to mind as those ultra-competitive athletes, and no matter if it's a foe or family, they have one goal; winning.
Woods spoke on Monday at a Deutsche Bank Championship press conference, an event he isn't even qualified to play in at this point considering he sits at 215th in FedEx Cup points, and while he talked about his goals this week at Firestone and next week at the PGA Championship, it was the line about playing his kids in Putt-Putt that was the most interesting.
“We had a good little time,” Woods said of his vacation with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn and his two kids. “We toured a little bit and even played a little Putt-Putt, which I won every single time.”
Every. Single. Time.
Woods has an extremely uphill battle with these next two tournament starts, not just for the playoffs and beyond, but for Woods to avoid the most disappointing season of his professional career. With him being so far back in the playoff points, Tiger will basically need a win at either the Bridgestone or the PGA Championship to secure a spot at the Barclays.
One thing Tiger could do is add the Wyndham Championship to his schedule, the tournament following the PGA Championship, but that would mean three straight weeks of golf for a man coming off back surgery and if he did get his game together enough to qualify for the playoffs, it would be four straight weeks of competitive golf for Woods.
For now, Woods is focused on a golf tournament he has won eight times in his career on a golf course that has always seemed to bring the best out in Tiger. If the struggles continue this week at Firestone, not only do the playoffs become nearly impossible, but landing a spot on the Ryder Cup team could be something out of reach for a man once thought of as an automatic pick to represent the United States every two years when they go up against Europe for the biggest team trophy in golf.
I guess the only bright side to a short season for Woods is he will have plenty of time in the coming months to keep taking down Charlie and Sam at Putt-Putt if he fails to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.