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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 227
I F ROGER Federer and Rafael Nadal’s glorious run to the Australian Open final taught us anything, it’s that there’s almost nothing people love more than a couple of old stagers who refuse to walk into the dark. It was two of the game’s most loved warriors, proving they still have what it takes to not only compete at the highest level, but win. Did they need to reach the final at Melbourne Park to prove their worth in our eyes? No, of course not. But the thrill of watching two iconic champions stave off the gathering mist together one more time was more than we could have hoped for. That mist has almost certainly already claimed Tiger Woods – that much is now painfully clear. Whether it really is his body that’s failing him, or whether his mind is now so frail that it’s rendered him all but ineffective on the golf course doesn’t matter. The question that rings ever more loudly after his latest (and perhaps most cringeworthy) failing at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, having shot a 77 in the first round and then withdrawn – citing back spasms – before the second, is why does he continue to put himself through it? How much of a physical and emotional battering can one man take? Like Federer and Nadal, Woods has little left to prove. Woods even referenced Federer before teeing off in Dubai, saying he was drawing inspiration from the Swiss champion because “no one wins slams at his age”. WHETHER IT REALLY IS HIS BODY THAT’S FAILING HIM, OR WHETHER HIS MIND IS NOW SO FRAIL THAT IT’S RENDERED HIM ALL BUT INEFFECTIVE ON THE GOLF COURSE DOESN’T MATTER. HOW MUCH OF A PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL BATTERING CAN ONE MAN TAKE?
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