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Tiger Woods Was Finished a Long Time Ago

The post-Tiger Woods era of professional golf continues and no one is going to have much of a take on this:

He still thinks he can pass Jack Nicklaus as the most successful golfer ever, but Tiger Woods has no idea when he will return to competitive action.

The 14-time major champion maintains he is "progressing nicely" after a third back operation in October, but says he won't resume his career until he can practice, play and recover with no ill effects.

    And despite not having won a major since 2008, the 40-year-old still believes he can overhaul Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles. The "Golden Bear" won his final three majors past the age of 40, including his famous 1986 Masters title as a 46-year-old.

    "I think his major championship record is certainly still attainable," Woods told reporters at a media day for the PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National tournament that he hosts at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

    Woods is also keen to beat Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins -- he lies second on the list with 79 titles, the last of which came in August 2013.

    "It would be nice to end up at No. 1 on both lists," he said. "That's a long way away and it's going to take time to get to that point but hopefully I can get back out here and play to that level."

    It's sad to have to say this, but Tiger Woods was finished years ago. He was done playing at a competitive level so long ago, all you can do is shrug and move on. It's a safe bet that Tiger isn't going to win any majors and he would be lucky just to stay competitive in a PGA event. He's ranked 524th in the world largely based on wins from over three years ago and he hasn't won anything for so long, you have to wonder what he's even thinking when he says what he says.

    Did he come up with this nonsense in order to impress a sponsor? Good gravy.

    Oh, and this does not help his case.

    There Are Hard Days Ahead for Tiger Woods


    The Sawgrass ClubhouseI had made a rather rash and bold statement that could have come back to haunt me. I said that the reason why Phil Mickelson was welcoming a pairing with Tiger Woods stemmed from the fact that Tiger's best years are now well behind him and I really don't think Tiger presents the same problem for other golfers that he once did.
    Tiger will certainly win some tournaments in the future. He will do well enough to surprise some people. But he's not the Tiger of the Tiger Slam years, nor is he as formidable as he once was. The young man has pissed all of that away, and his mental issues are unresolved. 
    Lee Westwood wound up where he started in The Players Championship - with the lead. 

    Only now he has a lot more company.
    Westwood avoided mistakes on the back nine for a 2-under 70 that gave him a one-shot lead over Robert Allenby going into the final round on the always unpredictable TPC Sawgrass.
    Phil Mickelson, nine shots behind at the start of the day, shot a 66 to renew hopes of winning and becoming No. 1 in the world for the first time. He was five shots behind. 

    Mickelson would have to win and have Tiger Woods finish out of the top five, and Woods did his part. His bogey-bogey finish gave him a 71 and left him 10 shots behind in a tie for 45th.
    Tied for 45th is not exactly where we are used to seeing Tiger. What I want to know is, is he fit? Is he feeling any pain in his knee? This is not something that should be ignored. We don't know if he's even a hundred percent, physically. There was a real danger of him missing the cut; expect more of that until things start to turn around for Tiger, assuming they will turn around for him. Only the rubes are making him the favorite in these tournaments. How does your smart money look now, gamblers?
    There was a time when Lefty didn't have a single major win to call his own, and it looked like Tiger would rule golf for twenty years or more. Those days are over.