Sunday will mark the six-year anniversary to the day of Woods, hobbling around on a left knee ripped to shreds, defeating Rocco Mediate in a playoff at Torrey Pines to earn his third U.S. Open. We know this anniversary will come and go without a repeat performance this week because Woods is again injured—this time to the second most-important part of a golfer's body.
Late last month, the former world No. 1 announced he would not be appearing at Pinehurst as he recovers from back surgery. The microdiscectomy performed in March was expected to keep him out several months, so the announcement was not unexpected.
It's nonetheless the latest setback in a storied career increasingly mired by injury.
Woods has now missed six majors due to injury since his last win. At the time of his knee surgery following the 2008 U.S. Open, he'd finished tied for second or better in seven of his last eight major tournaments. Since, he has only one top-two finish. In 2009.
The results even before the back surgery were distressing. Only three top 10s in his last nine majors. Early leads won, then squandered. The historical mind tricks that come with nearing your 40th birthday and realizing you're well beyond your peak.
There is no word on whether Woods will be healthy enough to make the trip overseas for The Open Championship. In the statement released on his official website, the always-private golfer said nothing of his status for Royal Liverpool. He has also steadfastly refused to put a timetable on his return.