Tiger Woods' new (sad) schedule

Alex Myers discusses why we may not see Tiger Woods play as much anymore, but why there's still hope he can rack up major titles.

Released on 3/9/2020

Transcript

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So Tiger Woods didn't win for a ninth time at Bay Hill.
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In fact, he didn't even play,
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nor will he tee it up at this week's player's championship.
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And sadly for golf fans, this might be the new normal.
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No, Woods isn't worried about catching coronavirus,
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but the 44 year old is through taking chances with his back.
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For a man who has had his spine fused, you can't blame him.
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Heck, I'm not even 40 yet,
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and I worry about throwing out my back
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just getting out of bed in the morning.
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Those weighted blankets are no joke.
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No be clear, I don't think
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this is the end of the road for Woods.
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But it's likely the end of him hitting the road
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for 15 and maybe even 10 weeks out of the year.
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Tiger's getting closer to playing a schedule
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that only consists of the four majors,
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as evidenced by the fact he's skipping
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the unofficial fifth major at TPC Sawgrass.
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Then again, he made a seven at the famed island
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par three 17th last year,
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so maybe just doesn't need that sort of aggravation
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at his age.
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Back in 2015, a pre-fuse Woods said,
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Everything beyond this will be gravy.
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But he wound up giving golf fans
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some heaping helpings of memories these past couple years.
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Wins at the 2018 Tour Championship
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and the 2019 Zozo Championships, to tie the PGA tour record
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with 82 career titles,
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a dazzling display of both ball striking and leadership
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at the 2019 Presidents Cup.
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And of course, claiming that fifth green jacket last April.
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The good news is that another of golf's all time greats,
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Ben Hogan, continued to rack up majors
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while playing a limited schedule,
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following his horrific car crash in 1949.
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In 1953, Hogan only tee'd it up six times,
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winning five of those events,
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including all three majors he entered.
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In other words, there's still reason to believe
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Woods can be a part time golfer and a full time badass
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in the game's biggest events.
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So this isn't the time for golf fans to be greedy.
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You take all the time you need, Tiger.
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We'll miss you, but we'll be right here, ready to roar.
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Again.
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Hey, we know he's going to be at Augusta National
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next month,
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serving sushi and fajitas for the champions' dinner.
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Yum.
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And hopefully while he's there,
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he'll also slather on some more gravy.
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