What has happened to Tiger Woods?

2009-02-10 00:00

THE Buick Invitational was played this past weekend in the U.S., and for Tiger Woods, who has won it six times, there must be a problem or two for him to have missed it as Buick is one of his mainstream sponsors.

We know that he underwent surgery on his left knee shortly after his dramatic win at the U.S. Open in June last year. Woods’s official website seems to have recently exaggerated the extent of his surgery. It is now described as “reconstructive knee surgery” and it is reported that Woods also needed “rehab for two stress fractures in the leg”.

His original intention was to play his first game at the Buick but he was obviously not ready. He has been practising at Isleworth Country Club near his home in Orlando, Florida, and is making progress for a return to the PGA tour.

“As I hoped, I started hitting longer irons and my driver after January 1,” Woods said. “I’m not swinging as hard as I can, but I’m working towards that goal.”

Woods played a few holes under the watchful eye of swing coach Hank Haney, but has set no timetable for his return to competition golf. He said: “I’m looking forward to rejoining the PGA tour but only when I think I’m ready.”

The champ is behind schedule in getting fit and one would expect him to play in at least one PGA tour event before playing the Masters, which is the first major trophy of 2009 and due to be played on the Easter weekend of April 9 to 12.

A long lay-off at the highest level in any sport usually takes months to regain fitness. But it isn’t only fitness with golf, it’s a combination of skill and touch. Woods was a genius around the greens, and if you consider that he has never before had a lay-off in his life, to say that his comeback is going to be interesting is an understatement.

Last weekend’s results:

It was Monthly Mug day at both city clubs last Saturday. Maritzburg Golf Club’s Mug is sponsored by the Bedstore, the results are as follows:

Winner A Division: Mario Olivier 68 net. Second: Russell Cumming 71 net.

Winner B Division: Denver Furmage 64 net. Second: Mark Kruger 65 net.

Winner C Division: Ulrich Vosloo 67 net. Second: Roger Pridmore 70 net.

Bland Medallion winner: Mark Kruger.

Victoria Country Club’s Mug is sponsored by Old Mutual, the results are as follows:

Winner A Division: Brett Campbell 74 net. Second: Pat Dewes 74 net.

Winner B Division: Randall Kleinhans 69 net. Second: Piet Claasens 71 net.

Winner C Division: Jimmy McGlinchey 73 net. Second: Preggy Govender 74 net.

From the 19th hole

Three elderly golfers are walking down the fairway. “Sixty is the worst age to be,” said the 60-year-old. “You always feel like you have to pee. And most of the time nothing happens.”

“Ah, that’s nothing,” said the 70-year-old. “When you’re 70, you don’t have a bowel movement anymore. You take laxatives, eat bran, you sit on the toilet all day and nothing happens.”

“Actually,” said the 80-year-old, “Eighty is the worst age of all.”

“Do you have trouble peeing too?” asked the 60-year-old. “No, I pee every morning at 6 am. I pee like a racehorse; no problem at all.” “Do you have trouble having a bowel movement?” “No, I have one every morning at 6.30 am.” Puzzled with this the 60-year-old said, “Let’s get this straight.

You pee every morning at 6 am and poop every morning at 6.30 am. So what’s so tough about being 80?”

“I don’t wake up until seven.”

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