Due to a mild oblique strain that led to pain & stiffness, I have to withdraw from The Northern Trust. Went for treatment early Friday morning, but unfortunately I’m still unable to compete. I’d like to thank the fans for their support and remain hopeful I can compete next week.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 9, 2019
As huge Tiger fans here at TSS, we’re sad that Big Cat has withdrawn from THE NORTHERN TRUST.
Both myself and Dan aren’t exactly sure what to make of Tiger at this point in his career.
He gave it all he had last season and capped it off with a win at East Lake and the Tour Championship. Then he returned and played well before winning a fifth green jacket and 15th major at the Masters earlier this season, however, since then it appears that something has been off.
Tiger has chosen to skip pretty much everything except for the majors, which is well within his rights as the guy who is one win away from 82.
But I cannot help but have thoughts of this actually being the end.
Well, it seems almost as if he gave everything he had to get that green jacket and prove to us, himself, and his kids that he is the GOAT. The moment he walked off the 18th green and hugged his son may have been the last moment he cares about in the sport.
Of course, Tiger won’t walk away just yet, who would when you can literally play whatever/where ever you want.
We don’t know whether he’ll play anymore this season, but it would be premature to assume that he won’t play in the Masters every year until he is walking down the fairway with a stretcher close behind him. He’s earned the right to show up to that course every year and will eventually be the guy hitting that first opening drive like Arnold, Jack, and Gary.
Right now though, it just doesn’t feel like he cares anymore and I honestly have no problem with that.
When Tiger decides to hang it up, he will do so on his own terms.
I have long trumpeted that he would be back and he would win again, but I never said how long I thought he’d be back.
I think I am starting to get a sense of that now.
Michael is the founder and Editor in Chief of The Stiff Shaft. He is also the Senior Editor of Golfweek Custom Media and covers the World Long Drive for Golf Channel.
He has 8+ years of covering golf, is an LSU fan, and prefers to hit driver-wedge as often as possible.