Tiger’s health still not on par

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

US golfer Tiger Woods con­tin­ues to ex­pe­ri­ence a woe­ful sea­son due to his back in­jury.

The for­mer world num­ber one this week with­drew from yet an­other high-pro­file event when he ruled him­self un­avail­able for the 2014 US Ry­der Cup team.

The bi­en­nial tour­na­ment, one of the high­lights of the sea­son, sees the Euro­pean and US sides com­pet­ing at Gle­nea­gles on the Jack Nick­laus-de­signed Cen­te­nary Course in Pertshire, Scot­land, from Septem­ber 2 to 7.

But Woods will not be seen wear­ing his coun­try’s colours due to his cur­rent health sit­u­a­tion.

This week, he shocked the golf­ing world when he in­formed the PGA of Amer­ica and the US team cap­tain Tom Wat­son that he would not be avail­able. “While I greatly ap­pre­ci­ate Tom [Wat­son] think­ing about me for a pos­si­ble cap­tain’s pick, I must take my­self out of con­sid­er­a­tion,” he was quoted as say­ing.

This has been ar­guably the worst year on the course for Woods, who has been in search of win­ning his 15th ma­jor this year, since he un­der­went back surgery in March.

That forced him to miss the Masters at Au­gusta Na­tional Golf Course in Ge­or­gia, US, for the first time in his glit­ter­ing ca­reer.

He then sidestepped an­other ma­jor – the US Open at Pine­hurst No 2, North Carolina, in June – due to his back prob­lem.

At the Bri­tish Open at the Royal Liver­pool Golf Club in Liver­pool, Eng­land, last month, he tried but posted hor­ri­ble scores of 69 77 73 to fin­ish three over par.

At the last ma­jor of the year – the PGA Cham­pi­onship played at Val­halla Golf Club in Louisville, Ken­tucky, ear­lier this month – Woods’ down­ward spi­ral con­tin­ued as he quit af­ter play­ing two rounds.

Having ap­peared on seven Ry­der Cup teams between 1997 and 2012, his in­jury must be par­tic­u­larly wor­ri­some.

“I have been told by my doc­tors and trainer that my back mus­cles need to be re­ha­bil­i­tated and healed. I’m ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that I won’t be ready for the [Ry­der Cup],” Woods was quoted as say­ing this week.

PHOTO: MIKE EHRMANN / GETTY IMAGES

OUT OF CON­SID­ER­A­TION Tiger Woods dur­ing the fi­nal round of the WGC-Cadil­lac ear­lier this year

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