It’s the drama that just won’t end. Tiger Woods is somehow both the best golfer on the planet and sure to never win another major in his career, depending on what week you happen to be watching.
Of course, this is pretty much to be expected when you’re talking about the most polarizing, most-watched player in the sport. Combine the extreme reactions that Woods already draws with our insatiable desire to either anoint or dethrone a king, and this is the result.
The newest story from the Woods camp is that his sore back will keep him from attending former teammate and longtime friend Notah Begay III‘s charity event on Wednesday in New York. Begay, of course, understands that his friend is preparing for the final three events of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, with the Deutsche Bank Championship set to begin on Friday.
The second playoff tournament is run by Woods’ foundation, so it’s definitely a busy week for the world’s No. 1 player.
“While we’re disappointed Tiger is unable to play in this year’s event, the important thing for Tiger is to make sure he’s 100 percent healthy and not risk further injuring himself,” Begay told the Associated Press when the announcement was made. This is the understandable line to take, but it begs the question — will Woods be able to play in his own tournament this weekend?
Initial reports are that Woods intends to play after taking the last few days to rest and get treatment on the back. Of course, if you believe what you saw from Woods over the weekend when he dropped to his knees in pain after a tee shot, you have to wonder just how quickly he can recover.
Knowing that Woods cares about the season championship, I expect him to play at TPC Boston this week; but if his back problems linger, lower expectations are in order. He’ll play the first two days with Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, so the spotlight is shining bright, as usual.
Which Woods will show up to Boston? The unbeatable champion or the hobbled grinder? Either way, keep an eye on this situation as the week progresses.