After arousing much anticipation, thenpostponinghis re-entry to the game last minute, many fans are speculating ifTiger Woodswill ever get back in the game he once dominated like no other. Woods has fallen from his glory days and now feels inadequate to make the rounds. Although he committed to play in this week'sSafeway Open, Tiger just backed out, saying he's not ready for that level of commitment. Woods also refuses to play in November's Turkish Open, much to fans' chagrin. He has apologized for the delay, but there may be more at play.

Difficulties performing.

Though plagued with relationship issues, the former superstar athlete has also suffered physical injury to the spine and extremities.

But as anyone who has played knows, the biggest challenge in golf is overcoming the mind. So while Tiger said he feels well physically, his game is still off, which may show an irrecoverable mental weakness. At age 40, the mind and body recover more slowly. Though it has been more than six years since speculation of his infidelity began, plus a car crash, a divorce and many major corporate sponsors dropping him like a sack of hot rocks, the indecision in his ability to compete with other professionals shows a lack of direction and fortitude. Indeed, today’s Tiger lacks the vitality of youth that made him a force of nature on the golf course for nearly twenty years.

Woods comes up short on short game.

And indeed, it is not his long game that struggles, according to witnesses. It is the mental game of chipping and putting that most elude Tiger’s prowess. Making the long putt under pressure used to be one Tiger’s signature performances, such as the putt at the 18th hole to win the Masters in 2005, the 60-foot downhill breaker on number 17 at TPC Sawgrass during the 2001 Players Championship, an incredible chip on hole 17 during round three of the 2008 U.S.

Open – while playing on a broken leg! and many others. Perhaps he will find his putting charm when he participates in The Hero World Challenge on December 1st-4th, a golf tournament put on to raise funds for his namesake foundation. That is, if he doesn’t change his mind. But for two more months, all Tiger Woods fanatics can do is hold their breath and hope that their hero can once again scramble back to the top of the golfing world.

After a year off the game, there is still hope for the fourteen-time champion and we hope to see a return from injury soon.

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