: 8-7-2011

08-07-2011, 02:32 PM
Woods announced Tuesday he will skip this months British Open, a decision that is of little surprise to anyone in golf. He hasnt played since he withdrew during the first round of the Players Championship in early May, most notably sitting out two major championships that he always used to define his year and his career.
Unfortunately, Ive been advised that I should not play in the British Open, Woods said on his website. As I stated [previously], I am only going to come back when Im 100 percent ready.
I do not want to risk further injury. Thats different for me, but Im being smarter this time. Im very disappointed and want to express my regrets to the British Open fans.
http://l.yimg.com/a/p/sp/tools/med/2011/07/ipt/1309886779.jpg?&sig=T71YLu9iskrDCDQWT0fyEA-- Tiger Woods will miss two majors in one season for the second time in four years.
(AP Photo)

He might as well announce hes taking the rest of the year off because, at this point, a return would be more newsworthy than the slow drip of announcements of skipped tournaments. His stated focus on full recovery rather than rushing back is about the only positive news here for golf fans.
Perhaps the most telling aspect of the website release is its near complete lack of optimism. Tiger releases news like a dictator through his state-run news agency; you have no idea whats true. All you can do is read between the lines.
Besides a closing quote claiming I think my best years are still ahead of me (hes the only one), there was none of his traditional breezy claims that this is nothing major and everything will be fine with a little ice and R&R and anyone doubting Tigers resolve will be proven a fool.
Woods career is clearly in major trouble, and the fire hydrant, the Perkins waitress and Rachel Uchitel are no longer the issue.
Forget (not that Tiger will) the chase to break Jack Nicklaus record 18 major championships. Woods is stuck on 14, with three lengthy stretches away from the game (one personal, two injuries).
Hes going to be 36 in December and the clock is ticking on the likelihood he can regain the momentum to win five more majors and accomplish what once seemed inevitable. (In 2007, I actually wondered if the 2011 PGA Championship would be the tournament he broke the record.)
[Related: Tigers withdrawal is no surprise]
In the 14 majors up to and including his dramatic 2008 U.S Open triumph over Rocco Mediate that led to surgery on his left knee, he won six, finished second four times and recorded two other top fives.
Counting the British, hell have chalked up zero victories in the most recent 13 majors, finishing in the top five just four times.
At this point the goal should be to regain some kind of consistent game that can make him a viable player on the PGA Tour. Hes headed toward two years without a victory of any kind. He rarely plays. When he does, he exhibits wild inconsistency twice at the 2011 Masters he put together brilliant nine-hole runs only to be undone by bafflingly poor runs. And he keeps getting hurt.
Long ago Tiger put all his eggs in the break-Nicklaus-record basket. Its led to him viewing each major championship as an opportunity that couldnt be passed up. Its led him to hurry back, full of the kind of gumption that led him to believe he could win at less than 100 percent.
He admits he even extended that to the Players Championship, the so-called fifth major.
In hindsight, I probably shouldnt have competed at the Players, but its a big event, and I wanted to be there to support the tour, Woods said. Ive got to learn from what I did there and do it right this time and not come back until Im ready.
At this point you wonder if ready will ever come. He might consider reevaluating his goals, starting with being a contender in any tournament again.
The knee has been surgically repaired four times that we know. Woods dramatically changed his swing recently in an effort to cut down on the wear and tear that came from his old, high torque, motion.
I cant swing [the old] way, Woods acknowledged back in April. It took a pretty good pounding on my knee doing it that way. As you know, I tore cartilage and my ACL over the years, so I dont want to swing that way. Its too much pain.
With a new swing but an old injury, what Woods needs most is time.
Time to heal and then time to get his game in order while building up the strength to again put together four rounds of complete golf.
Unless Tiger finds all that time soon, playing in the PGA Championship next month seems almost pointless. A slow, solid recovery is the proper route here.
He might as well take a long, hard look at writing off 2011. Its been a year of so few positives, even his website is getting pessimistic.

The closest I came to catching a ****ball at a major league stadium was the year SkyDome opened. I was 9. Mauro Goose Gozzo, a rookie pitcher for Toronto, was trolling around the outfield during batting practice when a man standing next to me shouted for him to throw him a ball for his son. Goose obliged and fired a strike. Emboldened, I asked Goose for a souvenir, too. His next throw didnt quite reach the stands, even with my lean over the rail. My mom extracted me before Goose could try again.
There is something magical about a ****ball, a 5-ounce orb made of rubber, cork, yarn and leather, that excites grown men as much as it does children. People catch balls while holding babies, sacrifice $10 beers in pursuit of them, fight and claw for their possession. Everyone in the stands who catches a ball thrusts it into the air. Its a trophy. Sometimes the applause is polite. Other times the whole crowd cheers. The pursuit of a ball inside a stadium is noble.
More From Jeff Passan

http://l.yimg.com/a/p/sp/tools/med/2011/07/ipt/1310109523.jpg Police officers and fans look over the railing where a Texas Rangers fan fell while trying to catch a ball tossed in the stands.

Its especially so when a father tries to fetch a ball for his child, like the man next to me at SkyDome did, and like a man at Rangers Ballpark did Thursday night. His name was Shannon Stone. He was a firefighter from Brownwood, nearly a three-hour drive from the stadium in Arlington. He wore a white T-shirt and a blue Texas Rangers hat. His young son wore a red T-shirt and a red Rangers hat. They sat in the left-field bleachers together.
In the second inning, Oakland As outfielder Conor Jackson(notes) hit a screaming foul ball down the left-field line. It caromed toward Josh Hamilton(notes), the Rangers left fielder. Hamilton picked it up and threw the ball toward the stands. Players do this hundreds of times in a season. Its part of ****balls charm. Show up to a stadium, take home a piece of the game.
Hamiltons toss came in shresultats bac algerie 2011 (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11647.html)ort. It didnt stop Shannon Stone from stretching to grab it. Im almost certain, in fact, that the moment before Shannon Stone fell 20 feet and suffered injuries that would kill him, he was indescribably happy. He was going to grab a ****ball from Josh Hamilton, a man who hauled himself from the depths of drug addictionRsultats BAC 2011 Maroc Rsultat (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11646.html) to not only return to ****ball but win the American League MVP award last season. Once Stone had that ****ball, he was going to hand it to his son. And for the rest of his life, his son would have a story to tell about the time his daddy reached over a railing and snagged a bad throw from Josh Hamilton, one of the most talented players ever to wear a ****ball uniform.
Instead, he watched his dad die. He saw Shannon Stone secure the ball in both hands but lose his balance in the process. The man next to Stone reached, in vain, to grab his leg. Stone fell hearesultat bac 2011 gratuit sur internet et par sms (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11645.html)d first 20 feet. When paramedics arrived to stabilize Stone and take him to a hospital, the relief pitchers in the As bullpen overheard the conversation.
Please check on my son, Stone said.
This is unfair. Its so very unfair. Its unfair to Josh Hamilton, a decent man and a father to thrdates rsultats bac 2011 (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11643.html)ee daughters. He tried to do a good deed. Thats all he tried to do. Its unfair to Shannon Stone, a firefigRsultats brevet des collges 2011 (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11644.html)hter for 18 years who just wanted to make his kids night. Its most unfair to that son. He will grow up without a father.
I have a son. He is 3resultat bac 2011 maroc sur Menara et par SMS (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11642.html). Ive taken him to a few ballgames. He likes the hot dogs and fireworks. He wants to know the players names. He asks who is nice and who is mean. And when Im going down the scorecard, answering his questions, he interrupts me and asks to get ice cream.
One night on the waRsultat du Baccalaurat bac 2011 (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11632.html)lk back from the ice cream shop at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., my son asked to sit in a seat down the right-field linRsultats du bac 2011 Franais (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11641.html)e. We moved to the front row. A foul ball ricocheted toward us. My son loves foul balls. When one goes into the upper deck, hell crane his neck behind him in case it falls. He always asks me to geCopa America 2011 Live Stream (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11702.html)t one for him, and I tell him Ill try, and here was my chance. Someone closer beat me to it. That always happens.
The next time we go to a stadium, Ill try again. Maybe for the first time in 30 years Ill get lucky and a ball will come toward me or a player will toss it in my direction. If I have to lean a little to grab it, so bLucian Bute vs Jean Paul Mendy Live Stream (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11703.html)e it. When I pass it to my son, and he lifts his prize, and the crowd around us applauds, his smile will light up the stadium.
Hell know it was a gift from Amir Khan vs Zab Judah Tickets Live Stream (http://www.shabab-cool.com/vb/t11704.html)a dad who loves him more than anything, a gift fathers hand to their sons at ballparks every day. A gift Shannon Stone, a dad who caught a foul ball for his son, never got to give.