Tiger Woods gave it a go at the last major of the year, but still managed to miss the cut. Although many people wanted to see him play in the 2014 PGA Championship, he should have taken the year off instead.
Not only should he have called it quits after withdrawing from the Bridgestone, but he should have taken the year off after his back surgery.
I love that Tiger hasn’t lost the determination that helped make him one of the best golfers to ever play the game, but that same determination is starting to hurt him.
Even if Mr. Woods was 100 percent healthy after his back surgery, he shouldn’t have rushed back into tournament mode. I understand that he has accomplished so much and has been playing the sport basically since he was born, but everyone needs practice. Even Tiger.
The former No. 1 golfer in the world expects to win every tournament. That is how it has always been and that is how it will always be. However, that goal is a little unrealistic when Tiger gets injured over and over again. That goal becomes even more unrealistic when Tiger doesn’t take enough time to practice his game before he enters tournaments after a long absence.
Striping the ball during practice rounds and on the range is completely different than performing well on the course. People can’t honestly say Tiger has entered any tournament, since coming back from his surgery, on his A game.
With the start of the Rory McIlroy era, being healthy and being on top of his game is essential if Woods plans on winning that 15th major.