Golf legend, Tiger Woods, had to withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday because of back spasms. He has played in just three golf tournaments since his back surgery in late March but hasn’t been the same golfer since and with a pinched nerve in his lower back, most would say his career is over.
Washington Post reports, that with 4 shots over par for the tournament, Woods commented,
“It happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot. I fell back into the bunker. I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since.”
Woods toughed it out for as long as he could but eventually made the decision to head home after he hit his tee-shot on the 9th hole of the golf course. Since 2008, he has withdrawn himself on 5 separate occasions from a PGA Tour event for injury related issues.
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Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy took home yet another victory at the Bridgestone Invitational, after recently winning his third major championship at the British Open. ESPN is questioning whether the Woods era is over and the McIlroy era is just beginning.
Now, the biggest question is whether Woods will be considered eligible or healthy enough to play for the U.S. golf team in the Ryder Cup. Woods has a total of six Ryder Cup appearances and usually would always be present on the most desired players list. U.S. captain, Tom Watson, told ESPN:
“Tiger would be a great addition to our team. As I’ve said all along, I would pick Tiger Woods if he’s healthy and playing well. This doesn’t bode well right now. I just hope that maybe it’s just an isolated problem that he can turn around and possibly play this week at the PGA.”
Watson is feeling sympathy for Woods and is very apologetic about another injury. He wishes him the best and communicated with Woods saying “I hope you get well soon,” according to Bleacher Report. Watson knows that if Woods can’t play this week in the PGA championship, then he has a slim to no chance at being considered in the Ryder Cup. As the team captain, Watson must consider those U.S. golfers who are playing well, such as Brandt Snedeker, Brendon Todd, Keegan Bradley, Patrick Reed, and Chris Kirk. Watson cannot afford to waste a spot on Woods if he is not healthy.