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Tiger And Evening Golf At Masterful Merion  

During the 2013 U.S. Open's late evening restart, Tiger Woods made it clear that he's experiencing serious pain in his left wrist. Yet given the chance after the round, he said all was "fine."

I walked with the all-star pairing of Woods-Rory McIlroy-Adam Scott in the storm cloud-filtered light as they tackled their final three holes and Woods’ favoring of the wrist overshadowed a rejuvenated-looking McIlroy and an intense Scott (who had a wonderfully spirited exchange with caddie Stevie Williams about the 10th tee strategy).

On Tiger's second shot into 10, the tee shot on 11, the approach on 11 and even the wedge shot that set up his four foot par putt that will kick off his Friday restart, Woods visibly shook his wrist after the shots in obvious pain. He even gave the 10th tee portable toilet a nice whap, obviously frustrated by pain he would not acknowledge after the round, giving his "fine" assessment to a USGA media official.

However, it's the same left wrist Woods sprained in the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

On Golf Channel’s Live From coverage, Brandel Chamblee questioned whether Woods’ shortened swing and bowed wrist has take on too much stress.

“One of the most shocking things I have seen in the last couple of weeks is just how short Tiger Woods’ golf swing has gotten," Chamblee said. "When you combine that with a little bit of a bow in the left wrist and the quick change in direction, he is setting himself up for stress with that left wrist.”

Since Woods won’t say, we can only guess how it happened but he certainly wanted everyone to know he was hurting.

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Wrist injuries are career killers for golfers. I hurt mine and never played good for the next 15 years. If it really hurts he is best missing the cut and taking time off.
06.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
Thank you for your astute observations and mesmerizing descriptions of closing light on features of 9, 10 & 11.
06.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Mann
I can't stand the Miami Heat but Tiger is the complete opposite of Dwyane Wade. He loves letting you know he's injured. Wade on the other hand has been clearly injured for a month and won't let on what it is (although he looked great tonight). I'm not insinuating that Tiger is trying to purposefully deflect blame on something for poor play...wait, yes I am.
06.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike U (LA, CA)
Occasionally Woods does his best Rodney Dangerfield routine:

Look! My arm is broken.
06.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCassie
oh of course...I ALMOST FORGOT HIS INJURY AT THE '95 US OPEN!...impressive post Geoff
06.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
My guess is that he tinged the wrist on the first hole. However, the facial expressions on #5 and #11 were out of proportion.

If he really hurt it that bad to require that amount of clenching of teeth, he'd be an idiot not to WD. A thumb injury would be costly enough. A real wrist injury would finish him off for the year.
06.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBad Brit
Perhaps NBC's Notah Begay can get to the bottom of this. You know, crack and unbiased journo that he is.
06.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Elling
Speaking of Begay, he did the call on Tiger's opening tee shot and stated that Tiger had "lost it right." Up around the green, Johnny Miller made a comment about the three-putt bogey being evidence of Tiger's nervousness and then asked Begay if he concurred - maybe Begay thought this was a rhetorical question, because he didn't respond. And after than, I can't recall Begay saying much of anything else during the rest of the broadcast. I watched all of the Woods. McIlroy, Scott pairing, but it just dawned on me now that Begay kind of went AWOL after the first hole.

Does anyone remember anything he said after that?

Occasionally, over the years on the Golf Channel, Begay has worked the panel desk in Orlando during early rounds of majors. After it appeared that Tiger was out of the hunt, Begay would also disappear. I mean totally vanish.
06.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCassie
Those who really think Tiger would fake an injury on the second shot (!) of a Major, let their Tiger hatred overcome common sense.
06.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Has anyone ever seen an X-ray of Tiger's "broken leg" in 2008?

It didn't seem to bother him on his good shots at Torrey Pines, or didn't effect his enthusiastic, double fist-pump, knee bend after sinking the putt to force a playoff.
06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
Was in my car and the radio coverage called the incident very well. Happened when he hit a 5-wood out of heavy rough on Hole #5. On course reporter said he immediately shook his wrist and speculated on an injury and brought up '95 case. Mark Carnavale described it as a "stinger" and speculated it would last a few holes based on his experience with that type of incident. Other reports suggest it may have started with second shot on Hole #1 and shot on #5 aggravated it.
06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMashie
John, are you really serious? So Hank Haney, Steve Williams and everyone else is in on this conspiracy too. I suppose he just had surgery and missed the rest of a year when he had won four of his first six tournaments for cosmetic purposes as well?

Johnny Miller was totally on the mark on the nerves comment. He definitely was tight.
06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSari
Tiger desperately wants to be seen like other guys who truly disguise and tough out their injuries like Derek Jeter. That he coincidentally writhes in pain so demonstratively would seem to reveal his desire deep down that everyone know he's not 100% unmistakably.

I guess he didn't learn stoicism from any of the SEALs he pals around with.
I got the impression that things weren't right when he hit his opening tee shot. He made an unusual face there and it seemed like something was off.
06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDsl
Tiger disliker here :)

Since Tiger says his wrist (really his elbow) is 'fine' it would be nice if the writers would just take him at his word and not write speculation about it. There are lots of other stories out there on the course. Don't spend time on an injury that isn't being admitted to.
06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMattS
There's a grimace that's simply a quick blink of the eyes and a clenching of teeth because it hurts. Then there's the grimace that lingers long enough for mommy, the gallery, the cameras and the sponsors to see. We've seen it before, we'll see it again. He is the spoiled brat that grew up to be the diva he is. Personally, I hope he's all right. I prefer to see him whipped healthy.
06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTroglodyte
I can't understand why he doesn't just go whole hog and writhe around on the ground like a soccer player.
An athlete playing up an supposed injury and no reaction from Philly sports fans?

Philadelphia is getting soft.

Maybe this "tough" nonesense really was a myth.
06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeo Man
I lost my copy of the schedule... Could someone remind me when we make the switch from claiming that Tiger is faking an injury to claiming that his injury is the result of the PEDs and blood-doping that he's been doing?

06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
The programs run concurrently, Carl.
Tiger is funny.
06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Well, If you believe in what you write here, lets agree for an IMPARTIAL INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION as a sane person rather than BIASED BASHING on the Freedom Fighters Tamil Tigers wothout blaming the racist Srilanka who did the Genocide and deny access to any Independent media let alone an independent investigation.
06.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterrashed

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