Nicklaus: Tiger Still Has Lots of Good Golf Ahead
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/2/14
The world of sports was all atwitter on Tuesday with news of Tiger Woods' back surgery Monday and his withdrawal from the 2014 Masters. Among those weighing in was Jack Nicklaus, who played in every major championship for which he was eligible from 1957 to 1998, without missing due to injury. That's 154 straight majors.
On Tuesday, Nicklaus made these comments to the press:
"I am sorry to hear that Tiger will miss the Masters Tournament. I know Tiger has been working very hard to return to form, and as I have said many times, Tiger has a lot of years of good golf ahead of him.Nicklaus then addressed Woods' major championship drought, which began with reconstructive surgery following the now-legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. "Each time you don't win, obviously, makes it harder," said Nicklaus.
Following that ACL surgery in June of 2008, Woods sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon in December of 2008, more left knee problems in April of 2011 after hitting from underneath the Eisenhower Tree (R.I.P.), a left Achilles tendon injury at the 2012 AGC-Cadillac at Doral, and then the back spasms at the Honda last month. Of course, Woods' medical problems go back to the 1990s, with various wrist and leg injuries he sustained while still an amateur.
Perhaps, when his PGA Tour career is done, we might look back at it and say that it was remarkable that he won as much and as often as he did despite all those injuries.
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