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Golf Australia Express : Issue 27
PLAYER THE T IGER WOODS IS HURTING. LITERALLY. HIS LATEST WITHDRAWAL FROM A PGA TOUR EVENT DUE TO INJURY— THIS TIME THE WGC-CADILLAC—COULD PROVE TO BE HIS MOST DEFINING YET. WHILEAMAN CAN CONTINUE to strengthen his mind, his desire, his passion; what he can’t overcome is the inevitability of an ageing body. At 36, Tiger’s is older than most. And when you can no longer rely on your body to stay fit for, well, a round of golf, that must be the most frustrating of all for a professional golfer. In a cruel twist, it’s been Tiger’s own desire for ultimate golfing greatness—to be the best ever, to improve on perfection, to push his body to extremes—that could ultimately bring about the undoing of his career. Watching a lame Tiger on Sunday choose to take flight—rather than stand and fight like the cub of old—sent a message he’s just not what he once was. But we already knew that. It was a 321- yard bomb off the 12th tee at Doral on Sunday that ultimately proved too much for the former world No.1 this time around. The current world No.18 never looked comfortable during the final round and was 3-over for the day after 11—10 shots back from the lead— when he finally threw in the towel. BEFORE LEAVING THE course in a black Mercedes, a frustrated Woods uttered the words “Leg. Left leg” to a Tour media official. “ In the past, I may have tried to continue to play [on], but this time, I decided to do what I thought was necessary.”