Unable to make a putt in the final round of golf’s first major, Tiger Woods finished a distant second to Trevor Immelman at the Masters Tournament. Even though he only lost by five strokes, Woods never looked like he was in the hunt for another green jacket at Augusta.
And then we find out he has a bum knee. According to many media outlets, Woods had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee early this week.
Here’s where the opinion columnist or blogger states that if Woods played at 100%, he would’ve easily won the first major of the season. One of the big differences between this blog and the conventional thinking that Tiger is owed a green jacket in Georgia since he played hurt, is that no golfer ever should be handed a tournament before it starts. Oh, and not a lot of people read this blog as well. There’s another difference.
Woods looked excellent off the tee and in the fairway last weekend, but couldn’t putt to win a dinner jacket at The Masters. Looking sloppy at crucial times and playing without a ton of interest over the weekend, Woods walked through four rounds of a major to leave Augusta National in second place.
And now he’s on the DL.
Likely missing The Players Championship, Tiger will ice down his knee and return for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in June. Everyone will expect Woods to blast out of the gate and run away with golf’s national championship. And he very well could – anyone remember the Open in Pebble Beach in 2000?
It’s very difficult to predict a winner of a golf tournament, even if Tiger Woods lurks in the field. No golfer is owed a green jacket, U.S. Open Trophy, Claret Jug or Wannamaker Trophy.
Just ask Tiger Woods.