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Golf Australia Express : Issue 27
PLAYER THE SUNDAY WITNESSED THE THIRD Tiger WD from an event in as many years—each one in a big-name tournament. In 2011, TW pulled out of the Players Championship citing knee and Achilles pain and at the previous year’s tournament he withdrew on the 7th hole with a neck injury he thought was a bulging disk (be careful how you pronounce that one). While his latest complaint has turned out not to be too serious, since 2007 Woods has endured a worrying list of leg injuries that can’t be ignored. He first ruptured his right Achilles in December 2008, just six months after having reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. That came after arthroscopic surgery on the same knee to repair cartilage damage in April 2008. In 2010 he again struggled with Achilles soreness, needing cortisone injections to relieve the pain he was feeling. And at last year’s Masters he suffered a minor sprain of the medial collateral ligaments in his left knee, and another in his left Achilles. Repetitious injuries do not fill you with confidence. WE’RE CONSTANTLY BEING reminded of how Tiger’s one of the world’s best athletes. His fitness regimen is legendary. Yet the frequency with which his body is starting to fail him is concerning. Staying healthy remains the biggest challenge standing in the way of his assault on Jack’s record. Gone, it seems, are the days of watching a wincing, limping Tiger fight through the pain of tibia stress fractures to overcome Rocco Mediate at an epic US Open. He did that on one good leg. The problem is, these days he doesn’t even have one of those. OTG “ Staying healthy remains the biggest challenge standing in the way of his assault on Jack’s record.”