Woods' announcement raises even more questions

By Randall MellFebruary 12, 2015, 2:20 am

“His back feeling better, Tiger plans to work on his game and play again soon.”

That’s the benign headline on the provocatively irresolute story posted Wednesday evening at TigerWoods.com.

Really, has a more harmlessly worded headline and story ever sent more lightning bolts of angst through a sport? Thunder cracked with every uncertainty expressed in Tiger’s post.

Given the troubling state of Tiger’s game, and given his importance to the sport, the story Woods penned on his website intrigues in what it doesn’t say. It intrigues in what we think it suggests, in what we think it portends or hints at, and mostly what we think it veils, hides and shrouds. It intrigues in the importance we believe is inferred, implied and intimated.

Is Tiger Woods taking a leave of absence? He doesn’t use those words. Of course, he didn’t call Chris Como his new coach when he hired him, either. He calls him a consultant, even though Como seems to be as involved in Tiger’s swing as Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Sean Foley once were. We know Tiger rarely gives us the straight scoop. He activates glutes, instead.

The news today, as best we can surmise, is that Tiger is pulling away from the game, in some sort of way that differs from his usual breaks. Why else pen a story like this and tweet it out?

So we sift through Tiger’s words, risking foolishness, looking for meaning that may or may not be there.

We look for something he may or may not be bracing us for in the not-too-distant future.

“When I think I’m ready, I’ll be back,” Tiger wrote in his post.

That’s the mother lode of encrypted Tiger messaging right there.

Really, somebody needs to re-assemble Christopher, the encryption machine Alan Turing built in “The Imitation Game,” the Academy Award nominated movie that tells the harrowing story of British cryptographers in World War II.

When I think I’m ready, I’ll be back?

We’re either making a lot more than there is in Tiger’s post on his website, or we’re not making enough of it.

When I think I’m ready, I’ll be back?

Tiger says he will be back practicing at Medalist next week. He says he would like to play the Honda Classic in two weeks. He says he expects to be playing again soon.

We need more than Turing’s machine to decipher this. We need somebody to convene a séance. We need somebody to channel Winston Churchill, because Tiger’s becoming a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Churchill understood the concept. He invented it.

When I think I’m ready, I’ll be back?

What if Tiger never thinks he’s ready? What if he really does have the chipping yips and the folks who say they are incurable are right? What if the mental, emotional and spiritual consequences of unrelenting scrutiny are finally getting to him in ways we can’t fathom. What if pain is just becoming an unwelcome guest in his life? What if he still loves the game, but he’s perfectly content to walk away to new challenges and a healthier, new way of life?

Or what if he just needs a little more time?

Any cryptographers out there see those answers embedded in code in Tiger’s post?

If you do, please pass them on, because Tiger’s importance to the game has never been more evident than in the angst today’s harmless headline delivered the sport.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.