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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 227
But unlike the others, who have fallen fleetingly and only a short distance due to injuries, Woods’ injuries have been crippling, and have plunged him about as low as it’s possible for him to go. And there’s little for him to gain by continuing to make comeback after comeback. In many people’s eyes he’ll already go down as the greatest golfer of all time, he remains one of the wealthiest men in the world and despite his struggles on and off the course, hundreds of thousands of people will still turn out for the chance to see him play. But surely the aching disappointment of not being able perform adequately in front of those people must be eating what’s left of his resolve. In the 322 tournaments Woods has played in his long career, he’s withdrawn only five times. Four of those occasions have come in the last 19 months. The back surgeries got him first – three of them – and the lasting damage is abundantly clear. As Woods said before Dubai, “The simplest thing is, I play away from the pain. That’s it.” “Whether my swing looks classical, rhythmic, or it may look unorthodox, I don’t care. As long as I don’t feel that nerve pain,” he said. So essentially he can’t make the swings and shots he really wants to make, and is instead being forced to settle for pale imitations of his once-bulletproof technique, and is paying dearly for those compromises on the scoreboard. Woods has said numerous times that he continues to plot comebacks because he wants to compete and misses the day to day of being out there among the other PGA Tour professionals. “THE SIMPLEST THING IS, I PLAY AWAY FROM THE PAIN. THAT’S IT.”
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