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Trouble In The Woods

201306161433524364242-p5It has been a hectic ride for Tiger Woods in both his personal life and his career. It seems like the iconic golfer might be having trouble balancing his luxurious lifestyle and  his golfing profession. Although he has won 7 PGA titles in the last 15 months, he has yet to win a major for over five years. The last time he won a major was in 2008 at the US Open.

Although he is still ranked #1 in the world he hasn’t silenced the critics yet and he probably won’t until he achieves his career goal of winning 18 majors. Jack Nicklaus holds this record for most Majors wins at the same number Tiger wants to get to. Why he wouldn’t want to get one more and break it? Beats me.

What everyone is wondering is where is the Tiger Woods that won three majors in a span of one year?

It seems like there is more to it than just old age. I believe these are some concerning factors that have been effecting Tiger’s play:

1.) Injury problems 

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Ever since Woods had to get reconstructive surgery on his knee in 2008 he has gone through a span of different and reoccurring injuries in the past 5 years. Just recently Woods had strained his left elbow which has refrained him from being able to participate in the AT&T Nationals this week and was advised to rest until the upcoming British open starting Mid-July.

  • In 2010: Woods withdrew from The Players Championship with nine holes to go because of a neck injury.
  • In 2011: Woods missed the US Open after getting his knee surgically repaired again and because of a pain in his achilles tendon
  • In 2012: Woods withdrew from the World Golf Championship with 7 holes left because of the same achilles pain

With age comes injury but, we see professional football players come back from injuries better than Woods and he isn’t going head to head with 300+ lb fully grown men. If Woods continues to hurt it will make that 18 majors wins a pretty hard accomplishment to fulfill. Woods needs to stay healthy and do whatever he has to do to prevent future injuries for him to stay consistent and successful.

2.) Distractions

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No one is clueless on knowing how Woods likes to live his life. Who wouldn’t be tempted to live it up with all the riches and notoriety. It seems though that with all that is going on with Wood’s life we have seen a correlating drop in how he is golfing. Even though he is still winning PGA titles he has yet to gain the focus  needed for him to be successful in the Majors.

Starting with his affair and divorce from wife Elin Nordegren in 2011 he has seem to have gotten a playboy/wild-life persona. Just last month Woods was caught completely drunk with new girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, stumbling and almost falling down stairs on his way to his ride out. It;s all in good and fun until Tiger records his worst place in a major in his entire career; which he did recently placing 32nd overall.

Its not just the media that have been talking about his distraught behavior but, his former instructor Hank Haney. Haney is worried about Woods preparation for the majors saying he is not doing what he needs to do to get ready for them.

“For whatever reason, Tiger doesn’t prepare for majors as hard as he could,” Haney said. “He plays the course in a rushed way maybe once or twice before the tournament week, then in the tournament week Tiger has gotten into a routine of playing nine-hole practice rounds on some days.”

Maybe instead hitting the town with his new girl he should be more focused on practice sessions before the major tournaments.

Whatever the cause of Woods failed attempts at winning another major I hope he figures out the problem and soon because it seems like his opportunity to win 4 more majors might fade quicker than Tim Tebow’s chance at being a starting quaterback.

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