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Tiger Woods withdraws from The Northern Trust with an oblique strain

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Hours before his round two tee time, Tiger Woods withdrew from the Northern Trust, citing a “mild oblique strain” as the reason behind the withdrawal.

In a prepared statement released by the PGA Tour, Woods said

“Due to a mild oblique strain that led to pain and stiffness, I have to withdraw from the Northern Trust. I went for treatment early morning but unfortunately I’m still unable to compete.”

The 15-time major champion struggled throughout his opening round at Liberty National posting a four-over par round of 75 to leave him near the bottom of the leaderboard.

Despite his WD, Woods remains hopeful of teeing it up at next week’s BMW Championship.

“I’d like to thank the New Jersey and New York fans for their support and remain hopeful I can compete next week at the BMW Championship.”

Following his withdrawal Woods now sits outside the top-30 in the FedEx Cup standings, putting an appearance at East Lake for the Tour Championship in jeopardy.

 

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  1. JThunder

    Aug 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    If you want to know the other half of the story on his back issues, read the Vanity Fair article on his non-golf “regimen”. Plenty of stuff in there that will mess up your back.

  2. Dave r

    Aug 10, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    That’s what a 75 will do.

  3. Vince

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Matt Kuchar is a jackass….hee haw…

  4. Ryan

    Aug 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    The military style workouts have taken their toll on his body. Like Johnny Miller once said about him at the Players, “We are trying to figure out who puts the ball in the hole the least, not who bench presses the most”

  5. Christopher

    Aug 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Tiger’s looked exhausted this year, I have wondered if his win at Augusta was a little gift from the golfing gods. If he wants to continue playing competitively I hope he can get back to reasonable health, but he doesn’t look well.

  6. shank

    Aug 9, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Tiger will never be the GOAT as Jack is the GOAT and Tiger has ZERO chance of beating his records.

  7. Tom Morrison

    Aug 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Good, Tiger Withdrew! Now maybe we’ll get to hear about, and see highlights of, the leaders instead of the media’s Woods infatuation.

  8. Tartan Golf Travel

    Aug 9, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    PEDs will take their toll. He’s too big for his small frame. Look at those chicken legs. Shame but I think his tile contending will be few and far between. He always has a chance at Augusta.

    • A. Commoner

      Aug 9, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Tartan is right on. Best medical professionals (except for one past) attending and still one unexplained problem after another?

  9. 15th Club

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I remember a good time when some golf fans — mostly younger fans who were primarily general sports fans and casual golfers — thought that Tiger’s aggressive workout regimens would allow him a golf career of unprecedented length.

    At the same time, I recall others — mostly older fans whose primary interest was golf only — saying that Tiger worked out like an NFL or NBA player, whose careers rarely last more than five or ten years.

    To me it is clear that Tiger has shortened, and not lengthened,his career in professional golf with his off-course regimen and choices.

    My only question now with Tiger is whether his career, which has paralleled the career of Jack Nicklaus in so many ways, will see his Masters win in 2019 be the equivalent of Jack’s Masters win in 1986.

    • Large chris

      Aug 10, 2019 at 4:54 am

      Well his first and last (so far) professional victories were 23 years apart. Pretty long career in any sport, including golf.

      • 15th Club

        Aug 10, 2019 at 9:02 am

        True! With 14 majors in one 11-year stretch, and 1 major in another 11-year stretch. A remarkable comeback, for that last win.

        Really a triumph over the damage caused by his previous regimen, and not a product of the regimen’s success. In my view.

  10. Duke

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:45 am

    It’s like the Masters victory took whatever Tiger had left in the tank.
    GOAT

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Greg Norman praises ‘rebel’ players ready to compete in controversial Saudi International

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There has been much speculation as to whether the new Greg Norman-led Asian Tour will be able to snipe some of the world’s best golfers during the 2022 season.

As reported by Golf Digest Australia, it appears Norman is confident in doing just that.

Yesterday, organizers of the Saudi International, which is set to take place at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club from February 3-6, confirmed 25 of the golfers who will be making the trip to Saudi Arabia.

The list of stars is quite long and headlined by Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Dustin Johnson. Additionally, many of golf’s European Tour stars will be joining the field, including Adam, Tyrrell Hatton, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey.

In response to their commitment, Norman praised the “rebel” players for standing up to what he called “anti-competitive threats” in a memo sent to the golfers:

“I want to share my undivided support and endorsement for the stance taken in announcing your participation in the Saudi International,” he wrote.

“You are standing up for your rights, as professional athletes, and for what is right and best for the global development of the sport of golf.

“Without this change, you will never realise your individual and collective value, or elevate the game to the levels it deserves. Simply put, the anticompetitive threats and actions these professional bodies have taken are designed to prevent fair competition, limit the game’s growth, and harm your ability to realise your true value. 

“I wanted to reach out directly to share the respect I have for you and the strength of your actions, and also to voice the level of support you have from so many sectors of the industry, who are greatly encouraged by your leadership and the new horizons in golf’s future.”

The Saudi International will be played directly opposite to a brand new DP World Tour event, the Ras al Khaimah Championship, scheduled to take place in the UAE the same week.

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Golf pioneer Lee Elder passes away at age 87

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One of the pioneers against segregation in golf, Lee Elder, who will be mostly remembered for his appearance as the first black golfer to take part in The Masters, was reported to have died on Sunday, aged 87.

Having moved to Los Angeles at a young age, Elder took jobs at local golf courses before being encouraged and tutored by Joe Louis and Ted Rhodes before making his mark in the United Golf Association Tour for African-American players, at one stage winning 18 of 22 tournaments.

He reached the PGA Tour in 1968, losing a play-off to Jack Nicklaus at Firestone but always faced an uphill battle against the prejudice that existed.

Per Golf Channel’s report, during a tournament in Memphis one of his opponents, Terry Dill, saw a spectator pick his ball up and discard it, only for him to receive death threats at his hotel.

Further to that and similar episodes, at the 1968 Monsanto Open, Pensacola, Elder was amongst many black players forced to change in the car park as members would not allow non-white players in their clubhouse.

Six years later, Elder was to win in Pensacola, paving his way to that first initiation to The Masters, and whilst he received “up to 100 death threats” he confirmed some 40 years later that, “Every green I walked up on, the applause was just tremendous, I mean every one of the people shouted, ‘Go, Lee! Good luck, Lee!’”

In 1979, Elder became the first black player to qualify for the Ryder Cup and became a crusader and spokesman for injustice against racism at golf clubs, as well as speaking out against social discrimination and forming the Lee Elder Scholarship Fund, aiding low-income families seeking a place at college.

Elder eventually became a member of the PGA Champions Tour winning six of his first 22 starts and a total of nine tournaments.
As Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters, Elder was on hand to witness the cheers. “You would have thought I was winning the golf tournament,” Golf Channel report Elder to have said. “To be there, to see what Tiger did, that meant the world to me.”

Indeed, Tiger himself stated that “I wasn’t the pioneer. Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder and Teddy Rhodes paved the way,” said Woods. “I was thinking about them and what they’ve done for me as I was coming up the 18th fairway. I said a little prayer and a thanks to those guys. They are the ones who did it for me.”

Last April Elder was appointed an honorary starter (alongside Nicklaus and Gary Player) for the 85th Masters declaring that it was ”one of the most emotional experiences that I have ever witnessed or been involved in…..it is certainly something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Masters chairman Fred Ridley gave Elder the ceremonial first-tee honours while adding that Elder will “make history once more, not with a drive, but with his presence, strength and character.”

Lee Elder is survived by his wife, Sharon, and will surely go down in history as one of the most influential players to break down racial barriers within the sport.

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‘OMG’ – Pro golfers go wild over Tiger Woods’ swing video

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If you are a fan of golf, there’s a good chance you have seen the most recent video of Tiger Woods hitting a golf ball on the range posted to his twitter account yesterday.

As ecstatic as golf fans are about seeing Tiger Woods effortlessly swing a club again, players on Tour seem to be just as fired up about Tiger’s video.

Here we’ve rounded up some of the best tweets from Woods’ fellow PGA Tour players:

The PGA Tour is in a great place, with many young superstars on the rise and interest in the game at all time high. Even still, yesterday was a reminder that nothing moves the needle in the sport of golf like Tiger Woods. If more evidence is needed, the video Woods tweeted currently has 6.8 million views in under 24 hours.

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