From a man who used to (and still does) idolise the greatest golfer who has ever walked this Earth, you can't help but feel saddened that their is talk of the legend, that is Tiger Woods, calling it a day. However journalists do continue to pose that very question to him and his answer, is always the same. In a nutshell, it's "no".
However, over a number of years, which has resulted in surgeries, injuries and two high profile splits from partners, would anyone actually blame him?
On top of this, he has changed his coach, which means a change in swing philosophies, practice regimes and tournament entries. It doesn't bode well for the former World Number One, now World's 287th.
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Tiger has always been a tricky judge of character. Maybe that's due to the endless number of interviews he has to conduct and how he's had to find ways of making them interesting. The mysterious answers which baffled the viewing public and the media, may have kept everyone guessing.
Unable to find a source and reflecting from my memory, Tiger would come off a round where he missed a large percentage of fairways, but say in an interview that "he drove the ball well". People would try and remind him that it wasn't the case, but he remained adamant that he was correct. At the same time after a stella putting round, he would be heading off to work on his putting.
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Back in the day, when Tiger Woods ruled the roost that was the PGA Tour, he was an optimist and he still is for the majority of his interviews. Not only about his game, but about his fellow competitors.
Reading Between The Lines
In an interview which was covered by PGA Tour, it reports that winning is no longer the only objective for Tiger Woods. However that is misleading as he never actually said that himself. It was an inference which the writer of the article had come up with.
I may be about to fall into the same trap, but it was reported that Tiger Woods had said "if I play well, I play well and I'll play in more events.”
This set alarm bells off for me.
Is Tiger actually suggesting that if he continues his poor form, he will play in fewer events than he is currently? Will the days be gone of him playing 20+ events in a season? Over the past five years, he has average 12.6 events per season, comparing that to the 19.6 he played from 1997 to 2005.
Yes he has had injuries which have prevented him from playing more, I respect that. But if we delve a little deeper into the mysterious words of Tiger Woods, will retirement be on the cards sooner than we all expect.
I sincerely hope not. I hope that Tiger not only continues playing, but he finds form and breaks the record for most major championships, held by Jack Nicklaus. He deserves it. He dominated the game for years when anybody who teed up each week had the ability to win. When Nicklaus was playing, there may have only been a handful who stood a chance.
Only the future will tell us what is in store for the former World's number one