After withdrawing from final round of the 2014 Honda Classic due to back spasms, Tiger Woods will play in the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship. When news broke on Wednesday that he was already headed to Doral to try and defend his title, the first thought that came to mind was: What is he thinking?
Look, Tiger may be the greatest golfer who ever lived, but at age 38, back spasms are nothing to ignore. He clearly hasn’t been himself so far this season as he has yet to finish a full four rounds in a U.S. tournament and hasn’t finished in the top 20 of any competition in 2014. Put simply, forcing his play in the WGC-Cadillac Championship isn’t wise and the Michael Jordan of golf needs to realize that before he screws up his entire 2014 season.
The 2014 Masters Tournament is just over a month away and Woods needs to be 100 percent healthy before then. Sure, he needs as much practice in real competition as well but if he can’t swing the club comfortably, then he has no shot at winning his first major in half a dozen years.
It’s admirable for Tiger to try and play through the pain like he did to win the 2008 U.S. Open — his last major victory — but this ain’t Augusta yet. Save the gutsy performance for when it matters! Playing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship could easily make Tiger’s back that much worse and then his chances of competing at Augusta will go up in smoke.
Fight the pride, Tiger. You know playing this weekend is foolish.