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Jack Nicklaus: Tiger Woods may not play much golf anymore

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Before we discuss Jack Nicklaus’ recent take on Tiger Woods’ future prospects, let’s ponder a different question: Why do we care what Jack Nicklaus thinks? Is it just because every time Jack talks Tiger, it’s fodder for another article? Is it because we believe Nicklaus has some insider information about Woods?

Well, with respect to those general questions about Nicklaus talking Woods, we can skirt that discussion for now, because there is something of note here: The Golden Bear is offering a different perspective on Woods’ future prospects in light of the golfer’s recent difficulties.

Nicklaus, as we know, has maintained a consistent drumbeat of the following sentiment throughout Woods’ setbacks in recent years: He’ll be back. He’ll be healthy. He’ll break my record. Now, however, Nicklaus is saying something different.

While attending a charity event in Aldie, Virginia, Nicklaus offered the following thoughts on the 14-time major champion’s future.

“He might come back and play — I think it’d be pretty tough for him…and as many problems as he’s had recently,” Nicklaus told USA Today on Monday. “His problems are more life problems than they are golf problems right now.”

Woods remains in treatment for substance abuse issues for an unknown amount of time. He’s not expected to return to professional golf this year.

Regarding Woods’ potential return, Nicklaus said

“He’ll have a very hard time. I don’t know whether Tiger will play much golf anymore.”

Now, it sounds like Nicklaus is more concerned by Woods’ fourth back surgery in as many years than his second trip to rehab, but it’s nice to see Nicklaus is sick of toeing the party line. The chances of a Tiger Woods comeback that will result in TW winning another five majors has been unlikely for two years at least.

With one of the last and most prominent holdouts in the “relentless optimism” camp, it’s a dark day for public sentiment regarding any Woodsian return to glory.

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  1. Ben Jones

    Jun 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Tiger won because of PEDs.

    • Grizz01

      Jun 29, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      I’ve been saying that since his transformation from Amateur to Pro. When you watch Tiger when young he had incredible speed but not a lot of force. Watching him in the US Open rough was agony to watch. He hurt himself several times trying to get out. I said then he needed serious weight training. And suddenly poof he ended up with speed and force, creating amazing power. It was great to watch him. With greater force/power/torque on his bone structure is what has cause the problems. The ligiment/tendons and bones were not designed for that kind of stress. But, just like Lance Armstrong and any sport that demands a thinner look to hide steroid use… they can’t use HGH which will permit bones/ligiments/tendons to grow/strengthen with the load. Thus, where Tiger ended up getting hurt.

  2. Ramrod

    Jun 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Is there actually any factual basis to your claims that he’s ‘in treatment for substance abuse’? Because the way I see it and what his own statement said is a little different.

    He’s a notorious insomniac who’s been known to use sleeping tablets, and it would appear that mixing those with various pain meds following his spinal fusion led to the DUI.

    Making it known that he’s getting help for this will help his forthcoming court appearance. That’s significantly different to your predictably sensationalist ‘substance abuse’ claim.

  3. Jack Nash

    Jun 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    “Why do we care what Jack Nicklaus thinks?”

    The question should be, “Why do idiotic reporters keep asking Nicklaus about Woods?”

    He doesn’t offer up these missives by himself, or out of thin air.

  4. Bruce Ferguson

    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Pretty sad situation. All that golf knowledge but a body that can’t execute it. I even wonder if he could enjoy the game as recreation in the future. Hopefully he immerses himself in something else worthwhile.

    Few pro golfers will achieve what he has, and despite his personal shortcomings, he’s made his mark in golf history.

  5. Dennis Clark

    Jun 28, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Addiction comes in many forms. IMO, every truly great athlete is by nature an obsessive personality. And when that obsessive behavior turns from sports to drugs, the outcome is predictable. If he gets better at life, the golf will take care of itself.

  6. Judge Smells

    Jun 27, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Tiger will win 18 more majors after rehab and then go back into rehab

    • Jack Nash

      Jun 28, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Ummmm, not likely. The PGA is implementing a PED strategy.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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