More Uncertainty More Doubt

By Randall MellApril 26, 2011, 10:14 pm

Remember when it appeared as if there wasn’t an uncertain cell in Tiger Woods’ body?

Remember when he seemed to have the market cornered on confidence in golf?

Remember that piercing look, his impenetrable focus, the certainty of gesture in every movement?

For a champion who seemed never to have been introduced to doubt, Woods’ brain must feel like the Indianapolis 500 now with all the uncertainties racing around his cerebral cortex.

Doubt is golf’s great demon.

And Tuesday we learned that Woods has more of those goblins to contend with in his continuing struggle to find his winning form.

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Tiger Woods injured his left knee during Round 3 at the Masters. (Getty Images)

News that injuries to Woods’ left knee and left Achilles will keep him out of the Wells Fargo Championship next week adds to the uncertainty in his comeback. Word that it is a “minor sprain” to his knee’s medial collateral ligament and “mild strain” to his Achilles tendon is encouraging, but it is a setback. Word that he hurt himself at the Masters crouching to hit that shot from the pine straw at the 17th hole in the third round adds more layers of doubt to his comeback.

Will he be ready for The Players Championship in two weeks? Will he be at his best for U.S. Open at Congressional in seven weeks?

Maybe this is a minor setback, or maybe it’s a sign there are going to be more problems in that troublesome knee, the same knee that’s already endured four surgeries.

Either way, “maybe” is not a good word in Woods’ head right now.

Wondering how his knee and Achilles will hold up in the long practice sessions he needs to keep honing his new swing, wondering how they’ll hold up in a long-term bid to break Jack Nicklaus’ record, that state of mind is a petri dish for breeding cells of uncertainty.

We’ve seen Woods overcome injury to win in breathtaking fashion, in his hobbling on practically one leg to win the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines three years ago.

We’ve seen Woods achieve so many feats we couldn’t have fathomed, and that’s why it’s difficult to discount his eventual return to No. 1 and ultimate triumph over Nicklaus.

But this is more daunting. Now there’s physical and emotional injury to overcome.

The work beating all those demon doubts that came crashing into his life with the revelation of his marital woes has been more difficult than anyone imagined. You’ve seen that in his body language the last year-and-a-half. He looks like a different man, moves like a different man. Spiritually, you wonder if he’s been limping since he crashed into that fire hydrant. Now, he’s actually limping.

Woods has something special deep within him. He couldn’t have won those 14 majors without it. He couldn’t have won the U.S. Open by 15 shots, the Masters by 12, the British Open by eight and won four consecutive majors without it.

That run he made on Sunday of the Masters, you could see the greatness fighting to burst through all the demon doubts.

But you could see the doubts, too, you could see them in the missed short putts on the back nine.

Woods seems determined to slay every uncertain cell in his body, but the battle seems more daunting with a new wave of demons in the fight.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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