You gotta be kidding me.
Just when I thought it was safe to strike “injuries” from the long list of factors that could derail Tiger Woods’ pursuit of history, his Achilles heel flares up again. How fitting that this tender little tendon — named for the Greek hero whom it left fatally vulnerable — could bring down a modern-day man/myth/legend.
The tweak felt ’round the world happened during Sunday’s final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, forcing Woods to withdraw after his tee shot on 12. Next came the tweet heard ’round the world, with Tiger explaining that his left Achilles, which he first injured during last year’s Masters, had gotten “progressively worse” after tightening during warm-ups.
On Monday, Woods reported “good news from the doc” – his Achilles was only mildly strained. Tiger says he’ll begin practicing later this week, and hopes to play next week at Bay Hill.
Let’s say the injury is just a minor, temporary setback, and Woods does indeed resume playing shortly. Who’s to say it won’t become a recurring malady, catching him mid-swing at any given time – like the back nine on Sunday at Augusta?
And what about that swing? Tiger’s already rebuilt his action to protect a withered left knee. Will more adjustments be needed to keep from torquing the heel, too? Will he swing cautiously, subconsciously anticipating a twinge every time he rips into a drive?
All conjecture at this point, of course. Unfortunately, guessing what’s next for Woods has become a game unto itself.