There is no denying that golf simply has not been the same since Tiger Woods has been unable to play in any of the professional tournaments. The television ratings for The Masters took a nosedive, while other major tournaments will have the same issue to deal with if there is no Woods. Whether people love him or hate him, there is no denying that he is fun to watch.
The good news is Woods is targeting a late-June return to golf. The bad news is even that timetable is very uncertain as the superstar attempts to speed up the recovery process.
The surgery to fix a pinched nerve in his back has taken a toll on his body. The fact is the 38-year-old is no spring chicken anymore. Recovering from an injury is going to take plenty of time and rest. Not to mention, Woods has to take time to get back into competitive playing shape, which certainly will not be easy. He has been practicing his chipping and putting, but there have been no full swings with a club as of yet.
Regardless, Woods is determined to suit up for the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club. The tournament, which begins on June 26, is one that is always circled on his calendar because it raises money for the Tiger Woods Foundation. Another big reason why getting back for the Quicken Loans National is because it will give him quality playing time in preparation for the U.S. Open, which is approximately six weeks after the tournament.
At this point, everything has to go perfectly if Woods wants to make it back to a competitive level anytime soon. He is working on a strength program and doing everything the doctors are telling him to do. However, only time will tell if his back will be able to hold up on the golf course.
Hopefully, Woods will be back soon. It’s not that golf isn’t fun to watch without him, it’s just that he makes the sport much more intriguing to watch.