To be honest, Tiger’s withdrawal is no surprise, however, the comments in his post round interview left me thinking that he overplayed the injury and simply quit because he was hacking so badly. Mark O’Meara reported that he had played pre-tournament practice rounds with Tiger and Tiger’s knee seemed fine. Frankly, I’m mystified as to how he could warm up before the round without issue and seriously re-injure himself on his first tee shot. Is Tiger’s will to compete the same as it was when playing on a broken leg in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines where the injury seemed more serious than this one, or is it dependent on the quality of the shots he’s hitting?
Clearly Tiger is playing on an old 35 year body and his mental state is not even close to his former self. You can lock up Nicklaus’ record for majors and throw away the key!