The good news for Tiger Woods: he was good adequate to seem honest on Good Morning America and during a New York City bookstore to pointer copies of his new book chronicling his ancestral 1997 Masters win. The bad news: his refractory behind will keep him from personification Augusta in Apr for a second uninterrupted year.
Woods announced on Friday night what many golf watchers approaching given he withdrew from a Dubai Desert Classic in Feb and subsequently skipped 3 events, including a Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Tiger pronounced he was not “tournament ready” in a proclamation on his possess website only after 7:30 p.m. ET — a common late Friday proclamation we’ve grown accustomed to when there’s play about either he’ll play a tournament. He also offering no calendar for his return.
News of Woods’ latest no-show was frequency a stunner, even after he said, during a book-promotion stop, that he competence sire all contingency and indeed make it to Augusta for some-more than a Champions Dinner a Tuesday night before a tourney.
“I do have a chance” to play, Woods told USA Today Sports on a Monday after Bay Hill. “I’m perplexing all we presumably can to get to that point. I’m working, I’m operative on my game. we only need to get to a indicate where we feel like I’m good enough, and I’m healthy adequate to do it.”
Woods pronounced that after personification in so many Masters during his 20-year career, he knew what he had to do to prepared for a competition.
“Now it’s my pursuit to go out there and get ready,” pronounced Woods, who remarkable he had been practicing but, dual weeks before to Masters kickoff, had nonetheless to play a turn of golf during his many new injury-related layoff. “I wish we can.”
Woods offering his remarks after several days of conjecture concerning his evident future. Citing mixed sources, Brian Wacker reported during Arnie’s eventuality that a author of that 12-shot 1997 Masters feat was incompetent to play or use given behind spasms forced his Dubai WD.
Those sources opined that Woods “didn’t demeanour good,” and that a start during the Masters seemedunlikely.
NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico, during Sunday’s final turn during Bay Hill, combined to a poser of what Tiger was adult to with underneath 3 weeks to go until a Masters. He pronounced Woods was concerned in some “limited golf activity,” that there was a “legitimate” probability he would start a tournament, and that a probability of his competing was “not accurately a no only yet” — that did not explain anything about Tiger’s plans.
Before Tirico weighed in, Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, unloaded on Wacker, whose sources flattering many concluded with Tiger’s aged crony Steve Stricker’s views (“It didn’t unequivocally demeanour physically like he was prepared to play” in Dubai). Steinberg took critical emanate with such conclusions.
“I have no thought who Mr. Wacker’s unequivocally tighten sources are. we can tell we this, nobody spoke to him; so how he could know something that Tiger and we don’t know is comical,” Steinberg pronounced in a matter to GolfChannel.com. “I talked to Tiger 4 hours ago on a phone. We’re not in a conditions to even speak about personification in a Masters now. He’s gotten treatments and is surpassing and anticipating he can do it. There’s not been a preference one approach or a other. we couldn’t give we a satisfactory assessment, though to contend it’s puzzled is an positively false statement.”
In rebutting Wacker’s assertions, Steinberg — who declined to offer discernment about Tiger’s stream standing or augury — seemed to support conjecture that a Woods start during Augusta was doubtful.
“I don’t wish to speak about specifics yet. When we’re prepared to get into that, we’ll divulge it,” Steinberg said. “He’s operative tough during removing better, he’s operative tough during progressing.”
Which sounded eerily identical to a twitter Tiger posted a small some-more than a year ago, several months before he returned from a 15-month layoff, following mixed behind surgeries, to a Hero World Challenge and finished 15th in a 17-player field.
Woods’ subsequent bid resulted in scores of 76-72 and a missed cut during Torrey Pines in late January, after that he flew to a Middle East and carded a first-round 77 in Dubai. He quit a tourney a subsequent day and skipped his subsequent dual slated starts, a Genesis Open and Honda Classic, and was apparently in too many pain to control his twice-scheduled press discussion during Riviera.
Though not surprising, Woods’ third deficiency given 2014 from a men’s initial vital of a deteriorate is positively a beating for fans of a game. Who wouldn’t wish to watch, one some-more time, a healthy Tiger competing opposite a world’s best immature players, many of whom grew adult idolizing a former universe No. 1?
In his many new Masters start in 2015 (and a approach things are moulding up, presumably his last), Woods common seventh place with Sergio Garcia. The 14-time vital champion has 4 Masters victories.
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