Reporting Taylor Zarzour
It stinks that Tiger Woods will not be playing in The Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. He makes every tournament he plays in feel like a major. Now, don’t worry about the Quail Hollow Club or the tournament. It will be sold out every day and still feel like as good of an event as this town has to offer.
But Tiger not playing due to knee and achilles pain he suffered during The Masters makes me realize two things..
1. The tournament won’t feel as big outside of Charlotte and on television. Its like watching the Bulls without Jordan, or Duke without Coach K. Tiger makes everything he is a part of feel that much bigger. He may not be the player he once was, but he still deserves the attention. For over a decade he played at a level nobody has ever matched. He brought more global attention to his sport than any other athlete has ever done for their’s. Fellow pro golfer Geoff Ogilvy once said it best after finishing a round at Quail Hollow: “Phil Mickelson has the most golf fans following him. Tiger Woods has the most people.”
2. Tiger may not be playing for much longer. He’s had neck pain (withdrew from last year’s Players), back pain, a torn achilles (sat out the rest of 2008 after his epic US Open victory), a bum knee (had arthroscopic surgery on his knee after the 2009 Masters and missed Quail Hollow), and now this (hurt right knee and achilles while hitting a shot on the 17th hole in Augusta during the 3rd round). How much more can his body take? I give him 7 to 10 more years and then I think we may see him play hardly at all.
So, the next time he’s near you go watch. You may not have many more chances.