Whether it’s his comeback hopes or ours, Tiger Woods is officially out of the race for another season. Woods had surgery for his recent back spasms that will effectively end his run at making a return on Tour.
While Tiger’s statement on his website is optimistic, now-a-days it’s easy to recognize when he isn’t telling the whole truth.
“The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain. When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.”
According to his surgeon, recovery for this type of surgery takes about six months to recover from, meaning “competing in professional golf” will have to resume (if it ever does) into the next season. Not to mention after he’s healed, he won’t just be able to pick up a club and get back on the course, he’ll have to train to get back into shape.
“After he recovers from surgery, he will gradually begin his rehabilitation until he is completely healed. Once that’s accomplished, his workouts will be geared to allowing him to return to competitive golf.”
He may compete again, but when, is the mystery. A mystery that may never truly unfold, because again and again the fans are left hanging with half-truth hope. Woods says he looks forward to getting back at it, but life and family take precedent, as they should.
Hank Haney, Tiger’s former teacher, is not convinced that even Tiger himself wants a comeback. He spoke to SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio and dished on his thoughts:
“I don’t believe Tiger is that enthralled with this whole comeback idea. I think that’s something people have wrong. That’s one of the biggest misconceptions I think, that he’s just snowed the media on. And even though they know, the media knows that when Tiger says something you can’t take it for just what he said, because he’s not giving you everything. But they still believe that he’s got this burning desire to come back and play. I don’t think he does.”
And realistically, how can he? After undergoing surgery after surgery, it must take a toll on not only his body but his entire mentality towards competitive golf, which is what put him on the gurney in the first place.
If you’re a Tiger Woods fan, don’t hold your breath for his return to the Tour. However, it seems as though he has bigger plans for himself than just professional golf, so his ventures continue in another form.