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Tiger Woods has, somewhat unsurprisingly, withdrawn himself from consideration to be on the upcoming U.S. Ryder Cup team. He announced the decision in a statement on his web site:
I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only.
I have already spoken to Tom [Watson] about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I took myself out of consideration. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.
I plan to return to competition at my World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 1-7. It’s an event that’s important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again.
I wouldn’t say the nail is in the coffin as far as Tiger’s ability to win major tournaments is concerned, but it continues to feel increasingly less likely that he will ever return to his previous dominant form.
Golf, gym and win. Thats Rory McIlroy’s daily schedule since breaking it off with former girlfriend and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. After winning his second straight major at the PGA Championship on Sunday, some might believe that the uptick in production has coincided very neatly with the breakup of his former love. So it was natural that the media would equate the events and even ask about it. What’s relatively surprising, though, is that McIlroy essentially affirmed the narrative with his response before the third round of this weekend’s tournament. Via ESPN UK:
“I think what happened has been for the better in terms of my golf,” McIlroy replied when asked about what has been the catalyst for the transformation.
“I’ve put a bit more time into it and it has refocused me. I mean, what else do I have to do now?
“I go to the golf course, I go to the gym and it’s just my life at the minute.
“I worked pretty hard before but the past couple of months I’ve really just buried myself in my game. It obviously works pretty well, so I am going to keep doing it.”
It does seem natural that a 25-year-old would throw himself into his work to fill the void — both emotionally and time-wise — of an ended relationship. A lot of us have been there. Still, McIlroy appears to have a genuine personality and I hope that we all can appreciate it.
Since breaking up with Wozniacki, the resurgent 25-year-old has won two majors—The Open Championship and the PGA Championship—and stormed back to the become the No. 1 golfer in the world after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational a week before his PGA title.
The 2014 PGA Championship’s final round on Sunday was everything golf fans could have hoped for in terms of entertainment, big names in contention and dramatics at Valhalla Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy entered with a one-stroke lead, but soft conditions, which caused play to be suspended earlier in the day, allowed stars such as Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson to fire at flags, chase down and eclipse McIlroy multiple times.
However, it was McIlroy who would come from behind and win his second Wanamaker Trophy at the PGA Championship.
As the PGA’s Ted Bishop handed the giant-ass trophy to Rory, the lid fell off and McIlroy caught it. Now he can go fill it with golf balls or beer or whatever he wants.
McIlroy is already a Hall of Famer with what he’s achieved to date, though if his mindset of late is any indication, he is far from done. The most exciting aspect to McIlroy’s fourth major is that his ceiling has yet to be determined. There may be a new superstar making his case as the greatest of all time.
Tiger Woods reacted like most of us would if we just hit a bad shot on a golf course during the first round of the 2014 PGA Championship. Tiger’s tee shot on #2 (his 11th hole of the day) ended up in a hazard. Knowing it was a poor shot, the four-time PGA Championship winner quickly dropped an F-bomb. Tiger ended up bogeying the hole. He is currently 2-over.
Soggy conditions at Firestone South made for an interesting fourth round at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. With Sergio Garcia leading the pack with -14 to start the day, Tiger Woods struggled once again on Sunday, suffering a back injury that would lead him withdrawing from the tournament.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 3, 2014
On the heels of a back injury that held him out for the Masters and the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods suffered yet another back injury that could keep him out for the remainder of the 2014 golf season.
Following a two-under 68 on Thursday, Woods finished with a 71 and 72 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
After withdrawing from the Bridgestone tournament, Woods hasn’t announced his intentions for playing in the PGA Championship, which begins next week.
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