If Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and all other comers needed more motivation to take advantage of Tiger Woods‘ absence from the PGA Tour, the world’s best golfer has announced that he won’t start swinging a golf club until next year.
To date, only Padraig Harrington has made the most of a Tiger-less tour, winning both the British Open and the PGA Championship. With the majors in the books for 2008, that leaves the FedEx Cup and possibly some early-season events on the ‘09 calendar, but history suggests nothing will change, including the constant bellyaching about how staid the Tour has become without Woods.
Meanwhile, Tiger admits that he’s gained back some mobility, but he’s still got a long way to go; currently, he wouldn’t win a foot race against his 13-month-old daughter, Sam.
“I’m a lot more mobile, which is really nice,” Woods said in a monthly newsletter. “I can’t catch Sam yet, but I’m getting close. As far as swinging a club, that’s not going to happen until next year. I just don’t have a choice. We simply don’t know what type of swelling there would be. Everyone’s body reacts differently.”
As The Artist Formerly Known As Eldrick rehabs, he’s had to find non-golf-related ways to occupy his time:
To keep busy, the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer has been working on his course design projects for courses in Dubai, where eight holes have been completed, and in North Carolina. He hopes to break ground on his North Carolina course later this year.
So, basically, Woods is 32 going on 82. Which was verified when he fessed up to watching most of the Senior British Open to cheer on his good pal, John Cook.
The thing is, a one-legged, 82-year-old Woods is still plenty formidable, and assuming he returns next season, he shouldn’t have any trouble intimidating the likes of FIGJAM et al back into their respective places in the golf world.