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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 215
Now ranked 786th in the world, the only person who’s seemingly expecting Woods to do anything of note is Woods himself. “When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn’t have committed,” he said. “Unfortunately, however, lately my practice has been limited. I spent a week with the US Ryder Cup Team, an experience and honour I wouldn’t trade for anything.” “I practised this last week at Stanford, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. “No one is more disappointed than I am. I always want you to be proud of our association, so that’s why I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf.” Being honest, this 11th-hour withdrawal is more of an indication that Woods’ days as a contending professional golfer are over than if he’d shown up to the Safeway and struggled to qualify for the weekend. While physical ailments have kept him from the course over the last three years, it’s clear that inner doubt is the condition now most afflicting him. If Woods is waiting for his tournament- winning form to find him before steps out on the PGA Tour, he might be waiting a very, very long time. PERHAPS HE WAS OVERLY OPTIMISTIC. MAYBE HE WAS KIDDING HIMSELF. EITHER WAY, WOODS’ RETURN IS ON ICE YET AGAIN, AS HE WAITS FOR AN IMPROBABLY PERFECT SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH TO REVIVE HIS CAREER.
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