It'd Be Great To Hear From Tiger And For Tiger To Hear From Us
Regardless of his on-course future, Woods should carve out his elder statesman role as pro golf deals with big ticket items. Plus, he should hear how he's missed.
The most detailed insight into the state of Tiger Woods dropped this week via Justin Thomas, who implied his golf hero and Jupiter neighbor had improved but plateaued while recovering from severe injuries sustained in February’s car accident.
Appearing on the No Laying Up podcast, Thomas revealed that he pops in at Tiger’s estate a couple of times a week when he’s not on tour. Thomas brings his puppy to play with Tiger’s dog “Bugs” and says Woods’ post-accident life has reached the “Groundhog Day” day stage, suggesting a routine that’s improved but stuck in a place keeping Woods from mounting a comeback anytime soon. Since Tiger has not spoken publicly in any way since the accident, his fans can only rely on these small drips of insight to understand where the 45-year-old is in his long road to recovery.
But forget about the body or when he might play golf again. That’s not imminently important for golf or for Woods. He should speak up for selfish reasons. And knowing how he just adores this kind of advice from the media world or offering unsolicited opinions on social media out of the blue, now is a perfect time for Woods to chime in on golf “stuff.”
Staying silent this long with all that’s going on might have been understandable. To a point. But the longer you remain reclusive, the more unnecessary pressure you add whenever you feel like returning to public life. That’s been your Modus Operandi and in some ways the mysteriousness only makes you that much more intriguing. And for all we know you might turn up at the Hero World Challenge the week of November 29th to December 5th and talk your head off. But that’s unlikely and an eternity in the current golf news cycle.
No one needs a degree to assume you’ve traversed some dark days and nights pondering what happened for some silly “content” shoot. That’s the past and none of our business. The present needs your voice. As in, pronto. Or to put it another way, before the Hero.