If you were to ask Tiger about possibly retiring when this year ends, he will probably disagree with you faster than his golf ball leaves the tee. But to be completely honest, I think it’s time. Just like Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, Tiger Woods needs to move on and let the young guns like Jordan Spieth take over the spotlight. BUT, he should not call it a career after this season. Win or lose, we need to see Tiger’s “farewell tour” next year, and appreciate what he has done for the sport of golf like we appreciate the final run of our favorite rock bands.
Now, I could easily reiterate what every sportscaster and their mother has said; “His swing isn’t there,” “He has back problems,” or “His mind is somewhere else.” Alot of people believe that he needs to call it quits now because of these reasons; and I am not disagreeing with the reasons, but I am disagreeing with the timing. The reason being is because he hasn’t played in very many tournaments this year. In fact, according to Tiger’s PGA Tour Career Summary on PGATour.com, Tiger has only played in a total of 15 tournaments in the last two years; one less than the total amount of tournaments he played in during the entire 2013 season. So, because of this low number of tournaments, Tiger didn’t put as much stress on his back as in recent years when he was participating in much larger numbers of tournaments. With this extra time, in my opinion, he has had the perfect opportunity to keep playing golf while resting/rehabbing his bad back and continuing to get better. So why couldn’t he play out another full season as a “farewell tour” to his career and the great things he has accomplished? In addition, this isn’t the first time that Tiger has gone through a sort of slump in his career.
Between the years of 2010 and 2011, Tiger had a similar two year slump where, according to Tiger’s PGA Tour Career Summary on PGATour.com, he only played in 21 tournaments during that two year span. During those 21 tournaments, the highest position that Tiger finished was 10th for a total of 4 times. Now, this so-called slump could have occurred for a multitude of reason, but I’d prefer not to dive deeper into those reasons right now. But, I’d like to focus on the years after the slump where you can see Tiger emerge and begin to win championships again. This shows that he is indeed human just like the rest of us, and that he will have his ups and downs like we all do. But, it also shows that the greatness of Tiger Woods can also push through the adversity and get back to his style of golf. So with that being said, I believe that lightning can strike twice and that he can show us next year why he is truly great! I believe that he can come back again and deliver golf fans one more season for the ages.
Now I grew up in the Tiger Woods era, where he was the man for many years! Tiger was “the guy” for golf, and companies like Nike; so me saying that he can still be great next year might just be me not wanting his career to come to an end. That being said, I do believe that next year needs to be his last year, mainly because of the state that his back is in. Yes, I know I mentioned before that he can just continue to rehab and rest his back while he plays in a minimal amount of tournaments this year, but we need to be realistic and see that all of the rehab in the world cannot take away years from his back. But, it can keep him playing for just a little bit longer.
“PGATOUR.com – Tiger Woods Career.” PGATour. PGA Tour, Inc., 2015. Web. 22 July 2015. <http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.08793.tiger-woods.html/career>. (Updated constantly throughout the year!)