Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tiger's Just Dumb!

No doubt about it --- Tiger Woods is the world's greatest golfer. His victory in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines proves it. But playing in this year's Open was just dumb! People are talking like Tiger did something brilliant by playing in the U.S. Open while injured. I disagree. He certainly doesn't need the money. He's got nothing to prove to anybody. He is well on his way to breaking every major record in golf. So why play hurt? Ego?

The smart thing to do would have been to follow his doctor's advice and stay home to recuperate. If he had, he might have finished the season. More importantly, he wouldn't be risking his health and a career ending injury. I have to believe that long-term his career is better off without multiple knee surgeries and silly risks like playing hurt.

Playing hurt proves Tiger has an amazing tolerance for pain, but it isn't smart and doesn't prove much else. I'd like to see him play for another 20 years so I hope he's learned something about pacing himself.

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