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(USA Today)   Scalpel to Tiger Woods' back: Hello again. I've missed you. Welcome back   ( usatoday.com) divider line
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2017-04-20 06:52:34 PM  
Man, he's got to be in bad shape. I feel bad for him - backs are the hardest to fix. I had a good friend who took three surgeries before she got relief, and another guy who also took three operations on his back before he was mostly OK again.

I still don't think he will ever play competitive golf again, but I hope he can live without pain.
 
2017-04-20 08:53:02 PM  
As has been mentioned on the other threads about this, his swing (with the left foot planted instead of moving) was likely the reason for his back issues. Don't see him coming back in any significant way.

That said, it's just sad to see the Golf Channel have what seems like almost hourly Tiger updates. C'mon, he last won a major 9 years ago, there's a good group of top players now, let it go. Sure, Tiger caused a big spike in people who are in pro golfs incomes, but those days are gone and aren't coming back.

/Glad Sergio got his major
 
2017-04-20 09:13:16 PM  
At this point, how can you not feel sorry for the guy?
 
2017-04-20 09:45:01 PM  
Soon he'll be hitting holes in IHOP on a regular basis.
 
2017-04-20 09:52:06 PM  

Henry Holland: As has been mentioned on the other threads about this, his swing (with the left foot planted instead of moving) was likely the reason for his back issues. Don't see him coming back in any significant way.

That said, it's just sad to see the Golf Channel have what seems like almost hourly Tiger updates. C'mon, he last won a major 9 years ago, there's a good group of top players now, let it go. Sure, Tiger caused a big spike in people who are in pro golfs incomes, but those days are gone and aren't coming back.

/Glad Sergio got his major


What are viewer numbers when Tiger is painfully hobbling around the course, as opposed to when that good group of top players without him?   The Golf Channel and every other venue is about ratings and revenue, not about the best golf.
...and, sorry, Spieth is still overrated...
 
2017-04-20 09:53:58 PM  
Henry Holland

That said, it's just sad to see the Golf Channel have what seems like almost hourly Tiger updates. C'mon, he last won a major 9 years ago, there's a good group of top players now, let it go. Sure, Tiger caused a big spike in people who are in pro golfs incomes, but those days are gone and aren't coming back.

/Glad Sergio got his major


   Never been a Tiger fan but no doubt he has inspired the generation of youngsters ripping it up right now. Be great to see Tiger back on tour but until that happens he's irrelevant. Are we going to get reports on him driving his kids to soccer until then?

/me too!
 
2017-04-20 11:13:32 PM  

FreeLawyer: At this point, how can you not feel sorry for the guy?


If there is one thing people like more than a Cinderella story, is when a hero falls. And if they fall in a way that possibly makes it to TMZ levels of gossip garbage, pants have a fine film of jizz coating in a 50 miles radius. And if said hero tries to make a comeback, the sheer amount of success-hate rivals that of the politics tab.
 
2017-04-20 11:19:13 PM  

TheOther: Henry Holland: As has been mentioned on the other threads about this, his swing (with the left foot planted instead of moving) was likely the reason for his back issues. Don't see him coming back in any significant way.

That said, it's just sad to see the Golf Channel have what seems like almost hourly Tiger updates. C'mon, he last won a major 9 years ago, there's a good group of top players now, let it go. Sure, Tiger caused a big spike in people who are in pro golfs incomes, but those days are gone and aren't coming back.

/Glad Sergio got his major

What are viewer numbers when Tiger is painfully hobbling around the course, as opposed to when that good group of top players without him?   The Golf Channel and every other venue is about ratings and revenue, not about the best golf.
...and, sorry, Spieth is still overrated...


95% of the guys on tour would like to be half as "overrated" as Spieth.
 
2017-04-21 12:36:11 AM  

bmwericus: Man, he's got to be in bad shape. I feel bad for him - backs are the hardest to fix. I had a good friend who took three surgeries before she got relief, and another guy who also took three operations on his back before he was mostly OK again.

I still don't think he will ever play competitive golf again, but I hope he can live without pain.


I'm a couple of years removed from mine. I'm a hell of a lot better, but the doctor said I will never be 100% again. I'm not a big fan of Tiger, but he has my sympathy.

Sciatica is a pain in the ass.
 
2017-04-21 12:36:22 AM  
Put in a zipper.
 
2017-04-21 01:03:56 AM  
Last chance to ball wash Tiger Woods before he fades away into "former-great" status for eternity
 
2017-04-21 05:24:33 AM  

FreeLawyer: At this point, how can you not feel sorry for the guy?


I feel sorry for him but he was a massive success, made a mountain of money, and has the option to do literally anything he wants to with the days he has remaining.  Most people would make that trade any day of the week.  At 41 that is a pretty sweet setup.  I'm not saying he did not earn it, dude worked his ass off, but lots of people work nearly as hard at their jobs and are left with no money along with a broken body.
 
2017-04-21 08:12:59 AM  

TheOther: Henry Holland: As has been mentioned on the other threads about this, his swing (with the left foot planted instead of moving) was likely the reason for his back issues. Don't see him coming back in any significant way.

That said, it's just sad to see the Golf Channel have what seems like almost hourly Tiger updates. C'mon, he last won a major 9 years ago, there's a good group of top players now, let it go. Sure, Tiger caused a big spike in people who are in pro golfs incomes, but those days are gone and aren't coming back.

/Glad Sergio got his major

What are viewer numbers when Tiger is painfully hobbling around the course, as opposed to when that good group of top players without him?   The Golf Channel and every other venue is about ratings and revenue, not about the best golf.
...and, sorry, Spieth is still overrated...


Yes. A guy that has TWO majors and nine wins on tour already at just 23 is overrated.
You're an idiot.
 
2017-04-21 09:03:11 AM  

mikaloyd: Last chance to ball wash Tiger Woods before he fades away into "former-great" status for eternity


lol we're going to get "no really he's going to win the Masters this year" columns every year until he dies

AppleOptionEsc: If there is one thing people like more than a Cinderella story, is when a hero falls.


I don't hate Tiger but I do love shouting I FARKING TOLD YOU SO at people who, in 2000-ish, were looking at the course schedules and calculating which major would be the one where he breaks Jack's record.

And while this also isn't Tiger's fault, it's also boring as fark when one person or team dominates a sport for so long.
 
2017-04-21 10:59:45 AM  
Don't know about scalpels, but it's time to stick a fork in it Tiger, it's done.
 
2017-04-21 11:45:16 AM  
ah, well.
 
2017-04-21 12:19:36 PM  

Cubs300: 95% of the guys on tour would like to be half as "overrated" as Spieth.


Spieth is awesome. And he could still do some crazy shiat. But it's far more likely he ends up precisely as awesome as the last ten "next" Tigers. That is.. very good, very rich - plenty of wins, moments of brilliance... and nowhere near being the next tiger. That's the smart money.

Tiger's super power was not amazing golf play. Tiger's super power was maintaining insane focus and drive for many years AFTER achieving utter dominance. We'll see plenty more golfers who can match tiger's golf skills for periods of time but we may not see another guy that can maintain that drive and focus for years on end.
 
2017-04-21 12:23:14 PM  

NASAM: Yes. A guy that has TWO majors and nine wins on tour already at just 23 is overrated.
You're an idiot.


But he'll have to win half of the next twelve majors to keep pace. 23 is when Tiger exploded
 
2017-04-21 12:54:29 PM  
I keep saying it - His father's death was  the beginning of the end.  Without his father to keep him in line, Tiger could do whatever he wanted.  Not to mention the face that he was such an a-hole that the only thing the others on tour liked about him was the trickle-down effect of the money he was bringing to everyone else.
 
2017-04-21 01:35:42 PM  

JohnBigBootay: NASAM: Yes. A guy that has TWO majors and nine wins on tour already at just 23 is overrated.
You're an idiot.

But he'll have to win half of the next twelve majors to keep pace. 23 is when Tiger exploded


I'm not comparing him to Tiger, nor should anyone else. Tiger is arguably the second best golfer of all time. However, Jordan already has a Hall of Fame career at 23. The only way he doesn't going to the hall as if he never wins another tournament.
 To call him overrated it's absurd.
 
2017-04-21 01:36:26 PM  
Typos. Thanks talk to text.
 
2017-04-21 02:33:02 PM  

NASAM: I'm not comparing him to Tiger, nor should anyone else.


Agreed.

Tiger is arguably the second best golfer of all time.

If we're going to argue, one could easily argue he's the best. To say he's not at least top two is just being obstinate. But the fact is Jack played much weaker competition. He was just playing PGA tour players and a small smattering of international talent and even then those guys weren't playing the US tour nearly as frequently. Tiger won a quadrillion of those WGC events that had deeper fields than many of the majors. Jack is flat out amazing but the bottom third of the vast majority of the tourneys he won were a bunch of trunk slammers.

All that said, comparing across eras is a fool's errand with no end.
 
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