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The End Of The Quest For Tiger?

Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by MichaelWinicki, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Is this the end of the quest for 18 majors?

    Obviously it's not the official end but considering his age and that he may end up missing all 4 majors this year–after back surgery, the prognosis isn't good.

    No doubt the Master's just got a little less interesting.
  2. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    The Master's may be less interesting to some but you won't see it at the gates or TV.
  3. honyock

    honyock Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, 18 is becoming more in doubt with each injury. Knee, achilles, elbow, neck, back all have cost him time since 2008. That swing is so violent and he's done it for so long, I guess it's not surprising he's showing that much wear and tear.
  4. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    His quest ended two years ago IMO. He may get one more if the stars align but no way does he get four more.

    Basically, he is now Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, etc(the versions 5 years ago). Capable of putting up a good found or two but not enough for a complete tourney.
  5. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    You may see it reflected in the TV ratings. There have been noticeable ratings dips in different past events when Tiger is either not playing or not playing well.
  6. JIMMYBUFFETT

    JIMMYBUFFETT Skinwalker

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    Tiger has the game and mental make up to always be competitive at the Masters and possibly the British depending on the venue. I don't think he'll ever be competitive at a US Open again and the PGA will have to be on a really friendly course like Pebble.
  7. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I think this year no doubt will be a lost year for Tiger not just the Masters but likely the remainder of the year and Majors in 2014 but I think the quest is still in reach for him.
  8. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I've heard several analysts at ESPN talk about how Tiger has had great success at all four courses hosting this years majors. This would have been a good year for him to possibly win one major and now he may not be able to play in any of them.
  9. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I think it's kinda surprising. I could see the back or some such but it seems like his body is kinda falling apart. That's interesting. I have zero proof so I'm just speculating here but this is kind of what you see from an athlete that uses Steroids, long term and usually from an early age.
  10. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    Im glad he's out. Tiger is a complete [IMG]
  11. Rogah

    Rogah Well-Known Member

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    Yes you will. Not at the gates since it will sell out either way, but don't be fooled into thinking that Tiger Woods participating (or, better yet, contending) gives a ratings boost to any event - even the Masters.
  12. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    I've lived under it for most of my life. I agree it will mean something to some but people will watch anyway.
  13. Rogah

    Rogah Well-Known Member

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    I don't like the guy and I am glad he is out, but I am not ready to write his obituary just yet. He needs to get his head screwed on straight. Back in the "old days" he was at his best in the biggest tournaments, now the opposite is true.

    If you take away majors, he won 5 of 12 events he participated in last year. That's virtually as good of a percentage as any other year in his career and pretty darn dominant. He just has a mental hang up in Majors since he came back from his Thanksgiving "accident".
  14. Rogah

    Rogah Well-Known Member

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    Of course some people will watch anyway. But there are certainly plenty of casual fans much more likely to tune in to watch Tiger.
  15. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    That's a valid point.

    It's just that there are a lot of casual Tiger-fans out there that won't bother watching an event he's not in. My wife for instance has no interest in golf... Except for watching Tiger on a Sunday.
  16. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Yep, I just posted without seeing yours that my wife is one of those casual fans.
  17. honyock

    honyock Well-Known Member

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    I guess ped's couldn't be ruled out. I read some golf journalist awhile back who was speculating that Tiger may have hit more golf balls than anyone, ever. Probably an overstatement. But he's been taking that full, high torque swing for a really long time. That's a lot of force through all those joints.

    I remember seeing him at the Nelson a couple of times early in his career. We were about three feet away from him on a teebox, and seeing the torque and velocity he generates is pretty stunning from that close up. I've wondered ever since then if he'd end up with back problems.
  18. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    Hank Haney was on The Ticket day before yesterday talking about Woods. He basically said it was a slight point of contention between the two, the excessive weight work Woods had gotten into.

    He said he'd discuss it with Woods and his concern that the added bulk in his torso put detrimental stress on his knees and hips, especially with the torque he generated.

    But he also added, Tiger is Tiger, and if he said the sky was green, well, that pretty much the way it was.

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