Tiger Woods is arguably the greatest golfer of all time. At a mere 46, this living legend has many difficult decisions to make in the near future. If you read the articles about his physical recovery, potential retirement, or a lingering fade into the sunset, one thing is for sure – in true Tiger Woods fashion, nothing is off the table. The armchair analysts are throwing out all kinds of conspiracy theories hoping that one will stick to the wall. If they luckily foretell Woods’ future, they likely could cash that guess into a something substantial. Regardless, I think no one knows what the future of Tiger Woods is except for Tiger Woods. Having said that……
When dealing with a GOAT (greatest of all time) legend, it is impossible for anyone to predict their future play. We do know that he mentally is strong enough to compete on any professional golf tour, however the physical challenges of the ‘grind’ are likely outside of his capabilities at this time. Currently, PGA Tour member of Woods’ stature must play a minimum of 15 tournaments con be considered eligible to keep their PGA Tour card. Basically they must play on average two times a month (I excluded December to March because many of the worlds best recover during that time). This might not seem like much, however I would suggest that level of physicality required to compete at the elite level is more taxing than us mere mortals understand.
There lies the rub. I think that the PGA Tour would make an exemption rule for Tiger in order for them to continue to cash in on his star power. I can see the PGA Tour removing the required number of events for Tiger Woods and let him play as much as he physically can for the foreseeable future. Why would the PGA Tour turn away the greatest money maker of all time? Just let Tiger play when he can and see what happens.
On a side note, if Tiger decides he is going to retire from professional golf completely, do you think he should be nominated as an honorary starter at the Masters? Given his stature, I cannot see how they would not consider him. Thoughts?
It is impossible to forecast the future of Tiger Woods. Regardless of what he decides, I think the PGA Tour will make whatever concessions needed to keep him in the spotlight. From a business standpoint, the PGA would be crazy not to leave the door wide open. Woods is one of the greatest players of all time and given the current climate, keeping him in the limelight makes perfect sense.
I do wish Tiger Woods well on his continued recovery. He still has a way to travel and only he will determine his final destination.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!