It was pretty apparent that Tiger Woods did not bring his A Game to The Honda Classic on Sunday. After shooting -5 under par on Saturday, and making an appearance on the leaderboard, I was surprised to see him struggle again on Sunday. As it turns out, he shook hands with his playing partner, Luke Gutherie, grabbed his daughter’s hand and departed at the 13th hole.
Tiger said in a press release after leaving the course that he had began experiencing back spasms during his warm-up routine on the driving range. He was 5 over par at the turn, shooting a 40. He had four bogeys, and a double before deciding to call it quits.
“It’s my lower back with spasms,” Woods said through his spokesman Glenn Greenspan. “It started this morning warming up.”
The last time Tiger Woods withdrew from a tournament was during the final round of the WGC-Cadillas in 2012. Woods will be the defending champion next week when the tour goes back to the newly re-designed Doral Country Club. His status for a return to Miami is still in question.
“It’s too early to tell,” he said. “I need treatment every day until Thursday to try to calm it down. We’ll see how it is.”
Shane Bacon from Yahoo Sports Devil Ball Golf posted his opinion of Tiger’s problems on Twitter yesterday, and I tend to agree with his assessment.
A piece of advice for Tiger Woods – if your back hurts all the time, STOP LIFTING A MILLION POUNDS OF WEIGHTS.
— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) March 3, 2014
For fans who were around back just prior to Tiger’s emergence into professional golf, we saw another world’s number one player get his body chiseled, and lose his golf swing in the process. You can tell by looking at Tiger Woods that during the off-season he has added some muscle mass, and has gotten bigger.
David Duval was at the pinnacle of his career and I always said that two things destroyed the latter days of that career. He worked out too much, and Tiger Woods dominated the game for over a decade. Now it’s happening to Tiger.
I’m not a swing expert, but the development of too much muscle mass has to limit the golf swing. Could Tiger’s game be suffering from too much of a good thing?
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