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Tiger Woods withdraws from Players for second consecutive year
Golf ^ | 5/12/11 | Cameron Morfit

Posted on 05/12/2011 10:48:23 AM PDT by crosshairs

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The problems continue for Tiger Woods, only this time it's his livelihood, not his image, in the balance.

Woods withdrew after shooting 42 on the front nine at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday, citing pain in his left leg that has plagued him intermittently throughout his career.

"The knee acted up and then the Achilles followed after that, and then the calf started cramping up," said Woods, who triple-bogeyed the par-4 fourth hole and made three bogeys and no birdies. "Everything started getting tight, so it's just a whole chain reaction."

The injury for Woods raises red flags because his knee has been operated on four times, and he reinjured it while hitting a shot from under a tree at the Masters last month. The exact diagnosis was a grade-one mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles? tendon, both suffered while hitting a shot from pine straw on the 17th hole of his third round at Augusta. In an effort to let it heal, he did not enter the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow last week, an event he normally plays. He sounded optimistic about the injury earlier this week at Sawgrass.

"Oh, yeah, the knee is better, no doubt," Woods said Tuesday. "The Achilles is better, as well. So I'm here playing."

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Thursday, though, was a struggle from the outset. Woods said he began feeling pain in his leg from "the first tee shot," and more pain when his foot slipped on pine straw on the second hole. Now there seems to be nothing "mild" about his situation, and after withdrawing he admitted he's concerned. His 42 was his highest nine-hole score at the Players by three shots, but not his highest on Tour. He's shot 43 four times, most recently on the back nine at last year's Wells Fargo Championship.

Woods withdrew from the 2010 Players, too, with an inflamed neck joint.

As his playing partners Martin Kaymer and Matt Kuchar stepped onto the 10th tee at 10:30 Thursday morning, Woods stepped to the podium to offer a few quotes before ducking into the locker room. He was directed into the Tour's medical trailer, where he stayed for about 60 seconds, before emerging and gingerly climbing into a white Mercedes in the players' parking lot, presumably for a two-hour ride home that would offer plenty of time for reflection.

"Felt fine during warm-up," Woods said, "and then as I played it progressively got worse."

Woods, 35, has not won a tournament in 18 months, and has slipped to eighth in the World Ranking. It had been widely assumed that he would rebound from his tumultuous 2010, since his troubles then were personal and not career-threatening, but now it's anyone's guess when or whether Woods will win again.


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1 posted on 05/12/2011 10:48:28 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: crosshairs

aww, too bad


2 posted on 05/12/2011 10:49:50 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: crosshairs

Tiger Woods: The Master of Excuses


3 posted on 05/12/2011 10:51:03 AM PDT by crosshairs (Say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.)
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To: crosshairs

Who cares?


4 posted on 05/12/2011 10:52:26 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: crosshairs

The wheels have come off.

He’d better enlist Austin Powers to assist in the search for his lost “Mojo”.


5 posted on 05/12/2011 10:53:48 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: crosshairs

Since the PGA started drug testing , Tiger can’t juice like he was doing before.


6 posted on 05/12/2011 10:55:20 AM PDT by Palio di Siena
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

He has finally realized that he threw away some of the best things that he had. His mojo is part of what made him stray from his beautiful wife and children and now it is all getting to him. Neither he nor the golf world will ever be the same.


7 posted on 05/12/2011 10:59:53 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: crosshairs

Good thing he has his rich young babe to drive him around.. (if she has her license).. and she can help him work out his kinks.


8 posted on 05/12/2011 11:03:03 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: crosshairs
Tiger will never win another major championship.

Golf is a game of honesty, integrity, and honor.

Tiger has demonstrated that he has none of those qualities.

9 posted on 05/12/2011 11:05:44 AM PDT by Species8472 (There is no distinctly native American criminal class...save Congress)
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To: crosshairs

Tiger Woods is done.

He’s free to whore around but them money is drying up. I suppose it’s not as exciting to whore it up as it was behind your wife’s back. Now he’s a failure in golf.


10 posted on 05/12/2011 11:06:35 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: crosshairs
Billboard for a Tiger Woods golf development:

I so want someone to drape jumbo pair of bra and panties across the top of it.

11 posted on 05/12/2011 11:06:55 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: crosshairs
but... but...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2702713/posts
12 posted on 05/12/2011 11:07:20 AM PDT by TruthBeforeAll (I will never ask permission to do what's right.)
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To: toolman1401

“He has finally realized that he threw away some of the best things that he had. His mojo is part of what made him stray from his beautiful wife and children and now it is all getting to him. Neither he nor the golf world will ever be the same.”

I agree with you!

His wife is BEAUTIFUL and so are his kids.

It’s hard to believe he’d run around with a bunch of UGLY whores instead of tending his marriage.

What a fool he is.


13 posted on 05/12/2011 11:08:39 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: crosshairs

Nike (and Phil Knight) is not happy... oh, too bad.


14 posted on 05/12/2011 11:09:01 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: crosshairs

Nike (and Phil Knight) is not happy... oh, too bad.


15 posted on 05/12/2011 11:09:03 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Species8472

Tiger will never win another major championship.

Golf is a game of honesty, integrity, and honor.

Tiger has demonstrated that he has none of those qualities.


AGREE!

He’s paying a price for what he did personally and professionally. I’d bet the whores he frequented don’t want him around either now that his money is drying up. What a fool he is. He should have been repairing his marriage and loving his wife and kids instead of money hungry ugly whores.


16 posted on 05/12/2011 11:11:15 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Palio di Siena
Since the PGA started drug testing , Tiger can’t juice like he was doing before.

I think this is probably true .... and without performance enhancing drugs he's just another golfer .... nothing special.

17 posted on 05/12/2011 11:11:17 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Species8472
There are at least 20 excellent players under 30 that have no fear of Tiger.

10 years ago, the field would melt when Tiger showed up at the course. They were happy to play for the second place check.

Now, the problem for the PGA Tour is the only two bankable stars are Tiger and Phil, as far as the casual fan is concerned.

Given the above, and the stagnant economy, and that spells trouble for the PGA business model. The top players will still do well, but purses aren't likely to increase for the forseeable future.

18 posted on 05/12/2011 11:12:46 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: crosshairs

If this were Daly the jock-sniffers who adore Woods would be talking smack already.


19 posted on 05/12/2011 11:16:27 AM PDT by steve8714 (Firing Federal Bureaucrats would have a 100,000x beneficial effect on the deficit, maybe more.)
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To: crosshairs

The Devil: “when you make deals with me, you always have to pay up!”


20 posted on 05/12/2011 11:16:27 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Rebelbase

Put it next to a “Glitter Gulch” bill board in Vegas.


21 posted on 05/12/2011 11:21:21 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: crosshairs

Gee, glad it wasn’t the hip or I might start thinking avascular necrosis - of course, that’s mainly a result of overuse of anabolic steriods...

Nah...


22 posted on 05/12/2011 11:21:26 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: crosshairs

Which leg? His middle leg?


23 posted on 05/12/2011 11:21:53 AM PDT by DOGEY
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To: Rebelbase

An old friend once told me: “A golf course is a waste of a perfectly good rifle range”


24 posted on 05/12/2011 11:23:47 AM PDT by NY.SS-Bar9
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To: crosshairs

Graeme McDowell tweeted that he saw Woods limping in the locker room. “Considering he’s supposed to be on the course I’m guessing that’s not a good sign,” McDowell wrote.


25 posted on 05/12/2011 11:24:47 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: toolman1401
He has finally realized that he threw away some of the best things that he had.

To you and me that's true, but to Tiger the best things he had were a porn star and the waitress from the Waffle House. And he has enough money for those even if he never wins again.

26 posted on 05/12/2011 11:25:54 AM PDT by Moonman62 (An illegal alien from Kenya did the job George W Bush didn't want to do.)
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To: DOGEY
Which leg? His middle leg?

And on a related note, I was hoping his "therapist" was going to be named Bobbit.

27 posted on 05/12/2011 11:28:35 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: NY.SS-Bar9
Compromise:


28 posted on 05/12/2011 11:29:44 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: crosshairs

God has no use for adulterers......


29 posted on 05/12/2011 11:31:24 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Moonman62
...to Tiger the best things he had were a porn star and the waitress from the Waffle House.


30 posted on 05/12/2011 11:33:06 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

dang. That’s a shotgun-shell driver - the title didn’t come over


31 posted on 05/12/2011 11:33:59 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: steve8714

The thing is, nobody likes the guy. I remember the weeks after the story of Tiger’s harem of ho’s broke.
The press couldn’t find anyone to say anything remotely postive about the man.
The only ones who did, including Daly, really didn’t even say anything positive about him. What their take was, “Tiger is good for the sport”, not because of who he is, but because when he’s on tour, the financial gains are better for everyone else.”
That’s it.


32 posted on 05/12/2011 11:39:45 AM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: Species8472

Golf is a game of hitting a ball into a cup. Not much else to it.


33 posted on 05/12/2011 11:56:36 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: NY.SS-Bar9

or motocross track


34 posted on 05/12/2011 12:39:56 PM PDT by smithandwesson76subgun (full auto fun)
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To: crosshairs

got the course near me at sawgrass going on and all these idiots from afar have been driving like blind idiots.

Can’t wait for this golf to be over here and get the roads back to normal and have the idiots go and cause crashes where they live.


35 posted on 05/12/2011 12:41:39 PM PDT by manc (Hannity is a fraud , he admitted he's socially liberal on his show, he's took us for suckers)
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To: NY.SS-Bar9

they are right


36 posted on 05/12/2011 12:43:00 PM PDT by manc (Hannity is a fraud , he admitted he's socially liberal on his show, he's took us for suckers)
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To: Palio di Siena
Since the PGA started drug testing , Tiger can’t juice like he was doing before.

Kind of like Barry Bonds - when the steroid scandal broke and everybody stopped using them he promptly spent almost an entire season on the disabled list. The steroids allow athletes to play through the pain rather than actually improving on their physical abilities. Just like Bonds in his last years, Tiger can probably hit as long and accurately as ever, but he'll break down physically much more easily - so he'll never again be the machine he once was.

37 posted on 05/12/2011 12:49:35 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: crosshairs
He pulled out after only nine holes...?

He's just not like the Tiger of old.

Cheers!

38 posted on 05/12/2011 7:05:25 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Night Hides Not

Not only melt when he showed up, but make a beeline for the nearest dark corner so they could curl up in a fetal position, piss themselves, and commence to sucking their thumbs. An entire generation of losers is what allowed Eldrick to amass his phony majors total, and the poster boy of this group is Davis Love III.


39 posted on 05/12/2011 8:34:35 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Liberals: drooling buffoons (politicians/media/ bureaucrats) backed by satanic goons (union thugs).)
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To: crosshairs
Drama Queen of the PGA

he should try PED's..........again.

40 posted on 05/13/2011 5:05:31 AM PDT by N. Theknow (The MSM is to 0bama what the Broom-n-Scoop Detail is to a circus parade.)
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To: Newtoidaho

All I can say is, well said and spot on. I’ve never had the awe for Davis Love III that the average golf fan has.


41 posted on 05/13/2011 7:49:17 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: Newtoidaho
Spot on!

Can you imagine Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, or Nick Faldo being intimidated by ANYONE?!?

AND...can you imagine what they would have been like with the equipment of today?

42 posted on 05/13/2011 8:58:18 AM PDT by N. Theknow (The MSM is to 0bama what the Broom-n-Scoop Detail is to a circus parade.)
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