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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 215
T HREE days. That’s how long Tiger Woods’ comeback lasted this time around. And that’s if you’d classify it as a “comeback”, given he was yet to strike a competitive ball in anger before pulling the pin and retreating back to the driving range. Woods on Friday announced he would tee it up at the PGA Tour’s season- opening Safeway Open, marking his first professional start since the Wyndham Championship more than a year ago. He’d done the rehab, he’d got the competitive juices flowing while walking the fairways at the Ryder Cup and his preparation was complete. He was ready. Perhaps he was overly optimistic. Maybe he was kidding himself. Either way, Woods’ return is on ice yet again, as he seemingly waits for an improbably perfect set of circumstances under which to revive his career. “After a lot of soul searching, and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey,” Woods said in a statement. “My health is good and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be. It’s not up to my standards, and I don’t think it would be up to yours.” Woods may have a skewed perception of what our expectations of his standards are these days. During his last extended run in 2015 he mixed some reasonable golf with the worst play of his career. He missed the cut at four of the 11 tournaments he played, including three of the four majors, and displayed chipping yips that would make a weekend hacker blush, let alone a former world No.1. WORDS BY ADRIAN BALLANTYNE TIGER'S BIGGEST HURDLE
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