Actually there will be two more weeks without Tiger now that he has announced he wont be back until the U.S. Open. Maybe there are a few players who hope Tiger wont be ready for Torrey Pines. And the U.S. Open is our national championship, an event that doesnt need Woods presence to prop up its credibility.
That said, there is no good reason to wish Woods wont be in San Diego in two weeks. Unless
Unless it turns out Woods recently surgically-repaired knee isnt ready for the rigors of a USGA set-up. If thats the case'and Tiger will make the final determination'the best thing for all parties involved should be for Tiger to protect his future at the expense of playing in the present.
The problem is Woods might not really know how his knee is going to react until he gets to Torrey Pines. And he might not REALLY know until the championship begins.
Bad knees are like bad backs and bad wrists and most other injured areas. When there is contact, the weakest area feels the pain. If and when Tiger feels the need to gouge a ball out of U.S. Open rough, theres no way his left knee, if it isnt fully healed, isnt going to experience the shock.
One teaching pro, who works with several top-ranked TOUR pros, recently told me he thinks Woods is the smartest player in the history of the game and maybe the smartest athlete of all time. Hard to argue with that. Thats why I think Woods will make the right decision. And when he does, I will not second guess him.
I, for one, am hoping the knee is ready.
Meanwhile, back at the BMW PGA Championship, the Crowne Plaza Invitational, the LPGA Corning Classic and Senior PGA Championship:
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