Several Key Players Sidelined and No One Seems to Notice

Tiger Woods has long been a staple of golf news. He has remained an enigma in spite of his incredible career and troublesome personal life, and because of this has continued to maintain the attention of golf fans and non-golf fans alike.

However, Tiger’s ability to draw a crowd has kept the spot light off a few other golfers. Recently, Woods injured his Achilles tendon while playing in Doral. After 11 holes, Woods withdrew leaving fans and sports casters alike holding their breaths – wondering whether Woods was suffering from a legitimate injury that would keep him sidelined for weeks or just a mild sprain. However, Woods’ injury is not the only one that has kept a golfer sidelined. A few other key players that will be sidelined for a few weeks due to injury include:

Paul Goydos

Goydos, who has spent 25 years on the PGA, will be out for three months. For most of his career, he has experienced pain in his left wrist, and will be reporting for surgery shortly to have a bone spur removed.

Lucas Glover

Glover will surely be seen donning a knee brace after a fall from a paddle board in Hawaii. A former U.S. Open champion, Glover has had to miss several big tournaments recently, including the San Diego and Pebble Beach, due to the injuries, and won’t be seen again until the Innisbrook Transitions Tournament.

David Toms

Toms withdrew from the recent Cadillac Championship alongside Tiger due to a back injury. Unfortunately, no one even seemed to notice or care that he was sidelined.

While Tiger is definitely a crowd pleaser, he is not the only player to be noticed on the course. Rory McIlory has taken the new number one spot, and hardly anyone has seemed to give him any attention due to Tiger’s injury. In fact, McIlory has been more than willing to come into the spot light and have a little fun with his new title, even sporting a Tennis racket with Maria Sharapova in front of thousands of adoring fans in Madison Square Garden.

The game may love Tiger, but it doesn’t need Tiger to remain interesting. So whether he rises or continues to smother himself out, keep your eyes on the course. There are several other players worth watching and taking notice of.

Times are tough for Tiger

Tiger Woods reacts after missing his putt on the 12th hole during the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, August 8, 2010.  REUTERS/John Sommers II   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

The face of Tiger Woods says it ass, as he misses his putt on the 12th hole during the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron. The entire weekend was a disaster for Tiger, and Plain Dealer columnists Bud Shaw sums it up.

Golf shirts from the Tiger Woods Collection retail for $100 in the Firestone Country Club pro shop. Hats are $28.50. Neither will help you play golf like Tiger Woods.

For the first time in memory, that’s not a disclaimer as much as a selling point.

To match the game Woods brought to the South Course this week at the Bridgestone Invitational, you’d have to miss fairways, flub chips, quit on shots and putt as if you spent the morning hooked to a caffeine IV drip.

The only way this tournament could more accurately embody the tumult of 2010 for Woods after Saturday’s third-round 75 would be if he were riding in a cart and that cart careened off the course into a fire hydrant.

Woods’ 5 over round was his worst at Firestone since his previous worst — 48 hours earlier. His 11 over after 54 holes is the highest relative to par since he turned pro in 1996.

“I drove it terrible, hit my irons terrible, didn’t putt well, and it added up,” Woods said before heading directly for the driving range.

For Woods to fix everything that ails him in one driving range session he’d have to stumble across Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and a hot tub time machine there.

We’re seeing a new Tiger who actually has to deal with his personal life outside the course. Maybe he needs a trip to Vegas . . . . .

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