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5 Reasons Why Tiger Woods Must Retire After Dropping Out of The 2014 Masters

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5 Reasons Why Tiger Woods Must Retire After Dropping Out of 2014 Masters

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Tiger Woods is one of the most recognizable athletes of all time, but it is no secret that his last few years on the golf course have been filled with struggle, disappointment and injuries. He has accomplished almost every feat imaginable in the golfing world, but his recent scratch from the Majors is a clear sign that Woods is done competing. Here are five reasons why he should retire after dropping out of the 2014 Masters.

5. Chances Are He Will Not Win Another Major

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5. Chances Are He Will Not Win Another Major

Tiger Woods Bunker
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It is always important to win any tournament that a golfer enters, but there is no comparison to winning a major. It is one of the hardest things to accomplish in sports because the competition is fierce, the pressure is high and everything needs to go right. Woods has won an amazing 14 majors, but he has not won one since 2008. His body is failing him, and if he cannot win another major, then there leaves little incentive to keep on playing.

4. He Does Not Want to Tarnish His Legacy

Tiger Woods Trophy
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4.He Does Not Want to Tarnish His Legacy

Tiger Woods Trophy
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Tiger Woods has taken the golf world by storm since winning his first tournament in 1996. His 79 tournament wins rank second all-time despite the length of his career being noticeably shorter than the other top players on the list. He should want to be remembered as the dynamic player who could not be stopped on the course and not as a once-great golfer desperately trying to regain his former glory.

3. He Risks Further Injury if He Keeps Playing

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3. He Risks Further Injury if He Keeps Playing

Tiger Woods Injury
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Yes, golf injuries are not as common or severe as those in contact sports such as football or hockey, but Woods has put his body through a lot of injuries over the years and does not want to reach a point where he becomes seriously injured. Woods is an extremely competitive individual, and he would not skip the Masters unless his back was in excruciating pain. He should retire now before the injuries become worse.

2. He can now Truly Enjoy His Wealth and Fame

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2. He can now Truly Enjoy His Wealth and Fame

Tiger Woods Wealth
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Tiger Woods is one of, if not the richest athlete in the world, and it is time he starts to truly enjoy his wealth and fame. He is 38, has a beautiful girlfriend in Olympian Lindsey Vonn, and should start to be able to enjoy the riches he has earned through his hard work on the golf course. He is only getting older and his golf game is not getting better, so he might as well use his money for fun excursions without having to focus on golf.

1. It is Time for the Next Great Golfer to take Center Stage

Tiger and Rory
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1. It is Time for the Next Great Golfer to take Center Stage

Tiger and Rory
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Tiger Woods' injuries and inability to win a major in six years are becoming old news for the golf world. Him not being at the Masters will be the main headline throughout the tournament and will overshadow any accomplishments from the competitors at Augusta. It is time for him to step down and allow a new young golfer such as Rory McIlroy to take center stage.