‘Woods may never make suc­cess­ful come­back’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

TIGER WOODS’ de­ci­sion to post­pone his tour­na­ment golf come­back has raised more ques­tions about his fu­ture with some former play­ers won­der­ing if he will ever suc­cess­fully re­turn to reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion.

Former PGA Tour win­ner Bran­del Cham­blee greeted yes­ter­day’s news of Woods’ with­drawal from this week’s Safe­way Open by com­par­ing the player’s plight with the late-ca­reer strug­gles of Span­ish five-times ma­jor win­ner Seve Balles­teros.

Twice ma­jor cham­pion Johnny Miller said Woods was “not ever go­ing to be the old Tiger,” al­though stop­ping short of writ­ing off the 40year-old com­pletely.

Cham­blee de­scribed a “per­fect storm” of is­sues that have si­mul­ta­ne­ously be­set 14-times ma­jor cham­pion Woods.

“What has hap­pened to Tiger Woods is re­ally the per­fect storm of de­struc­tion for an ath­lete,” Cham­blee said on Golf Chan­nel.

“We’ve seen Tiger Woods’ golf swing de­cay, his body de­cay and then his chip­ping de­cay.

“Once you’ve been vis­ited upon by the yips, when you’re chip­ping it just never goes away.

“There’s noth­ing more ex­cit­ing in golf, maybe in sports, than watch­ing Tiger Woods, but there are too many hur­dles to over­come.

“I just don’t see (Woods) over­com­ing the yips.”

Cham­blee also ex­plained his com­par­i­son of Woods to the late Balles­teros, who was a pale shadow of his former self once his con­fi­dence ebbed.

“On many lev­els, there are par­al­lels to Seve. Seve Balles­teros was a ge­nius, an artist.

“That’s what golf is, it’s more of an ab­stract game, and Seve tried to make it later in his ca­reer a lin­ear game, and ev­ery sin­gle per­son that I’ve seen in pro­fes­sional golf who tried to make it a lin­ear game, ei­ther be­comes so frus­trated they no longer can play or sooner or later they quit.”

Safe­way Open tour­na­ment host Miller (pix) was crest­fallen at the news, and ac­knowl­edged that Woods’ glory days were prob­a­bly long be­hind him.

“I know there’s a lot of pres­sure on Tiger af­ter be­ing away from pro­fes­sional golf for 14 months,” said Miller. – Reuters

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