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Tiger's Agent Challenges Report Saying His Client Is "Unlikely" To Play Masters

This would all be humorous if it weren't for Tiger appearing unable to play the Masters, especially on the 20th anniversary of his historic win and when the sport would desperately love to see him return. Yet common sense suggests a Masters appearance is looking grim.

But not in Mark Steinberg's way of thinking.

Golf World's Brian Wacker quotes unnamed sources saying Tiger "seems unlikely" to play given that the 4-time Masters winner is only putting and hasn't been seen hitting golf balls by people in Jupiter.

Woods’ agent did not respond to an email seeking an update on his condition and schedule, but one source close to the situation near Woods' home in Jupiter, Fla., said, “I would be shocked if he plays anytime soon.”

Another source said that he saw Woods recently and he "didn't look good," adding that while he hopes he is back soon, Woods doesn't look close to being ready and that a return at the Masters would be too soon. The source added that all Woods has been able to do of late has been putt.

Golf World's Tim Rosaforte was the recipient of agent Steinberg's rebuttal to the Golf World report (!) but did it via Golf Channel's Nick Menta (!!).

"I have no idea who Mr. Wacker’s really close sources are. I can tell you this, nobody spoke to him (Wacker); so how he could know something that Tiger and I don’t know is comical," Steinberg said. "I talked to Tiger four hours ago on the phone. We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now.

Eh, starts less than three weeks from now...

He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. There’s not been a decision one way or the other. I couldn’t give you a fair assessment, but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement."

It's doubtful.

Sorry! Wish the signs pointed in a more positive direction.

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The only thing "comical" is Steiny. You'd think he learned his craft on a dairy farm before the invention of the milking machine. Until Tiger shows up and puts in 72-holes, this will continue to be an attraction Robert Ripley would have been proud to own.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
73-65-70-76 -- 284 (-4)
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHero
Hero and the 73-65-70-76 -- 284 (-4) you were so proud to post

the aforementioned -4 was 14 shots out of first in a limited field event (18 invitees) where TW finished a resounding 15th, beating two, TWO players - one other invitee WD'd due to injury. If you are insinuating that the "73-65-70-76 -- 284 (-4)" was some way comparable to a 72-hole regular PGA Tour event, set up to PGA Tour tournament specifications, then I would suggest you stop drinking that green beer from your St. Paddy's day celebration, and get help immediately.

As far as an appearance at Augusta is concerned, unless some magical wand is found and can transform TW into even a reasonable facsimile of his former self, don't hold your breath that he will try and play and risk further embarrassment.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Ezar
Tiger in the Masters is really about his capacity for embarrassment. Nobody can stop him, but somebody should.
I think Tiger is going to be at the Masters.... for the Champions Dinner.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHBL
I reckon his chances of playing are about the same as caddying for Phil in the par 3 contest. Steinberg actually gets paid for this crap?
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
He's through...if we are lucky he will just go away...
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterStevie
In NFL football injury reports, there are 3 categories to fall in other than playing or out:


For even Steiney to say that he is currently anything other than Doubtful (at best) is ridiculous. No credibility
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Steiney or Spicier.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
Steiny hoping that sponsors haven't figured it out yet?
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Hey, Tiger's yips and total lack of confidence could clear up the night before the first round and he'd be ready to go.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
That Tiger is not practicing or being seen anywhere trying to play makes me wonder how much of this is physical and how much is a lack of desire. Maybe that's why Steinberg is so defensive?
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavidC
Slow news day. Yawn. His last year for automatic US Open exemption, too.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRich S
Best part of this is Rosaforte suggesting it's only news if Tiger is seen (by him) hitting balls at the Medalist, otherwise not news. Ballsy.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
Is he known to be at home in Florida? Is there any possibility he has sloped off somewhere out of ken to practise and see whether he is up to it? I know that in the past it was pretty well impossible for him to go anywhere without being mobbed, and I daresay there are still many such places, but similarly there are now places where nobody would see him or look at hm sideways if they did. And he has lots of friends with private estates and golf facilities. He could be anywhere.

Otherwise, this is just a continuation of the sort of rubbish that has emanated from his camp for over 20 years. Time for the golf hacks to realise that there is a generation growing up who do not want to "be" Tiger when they grow up. They want to be Rors and Jason and DJ and mostly Rickie (who, success aside, is looking like the Phil of his generation in terms of love). To whom Tiger Woods is the old crip who turns up occasionally, skunks, withdraws or limps away. It's usually kids who fancy fairy tales, but it's the golf hacks who are spinning their own because they can't turn the page and move on to adult reading matter.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV.Lind
Isn't not making a decision to play in the world's most prestigious golf tournament in three weeks the very definition of doubtful?

I'd imagine most, if not all, invitees send their RSVPs in the same day they receive them!
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterManku
He will never compete in a major again.
Look for his regular two round (or less) appearance in some minor November event.
His future is as a permanent asst. at Ryder and Presidents Cups.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenternicfic
I'm always amazed at the holier-than-thou animosity that drives so many (not all) Tiger comments. I don't support every decision he's every made and I don't condone the cheating behavior. But, you know what, who among us is perfect? And can anyone who writes in this comment section and loves to trash Tiger really understand what it would be like to be the best in the world at your sport at 21 years old and basically be given all the money in the world? I probably would have done some crazy shit if I had had 40 million bucks when I was 21. He hasn't murdered anybody. He cheated on his wife and seems to have paid the price in losing her. If it pisses you off so much to read about him, don't read about him. He's certainly the most dominant golfer to ever play the game (notice I didn't say GOAT, if you judge that by majors won). And I miss the excitement of watching him at his best. And I know I don't have to read the comments section if it pisses me off, but, I've wanted to get this off my chest.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAcaman
Tiger Woods - the last 20th century athlete.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye's own Baghdad Bob.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenterbadgolfer62
Acaman- +10.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Acaman - much, if not most, of the scorn is directed at Steinberg. Having sympathy for Tiger and thinking Steinberg is a knob are far from mutually exclusive.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
@ hero

interesting phone number= I'll give you a call sometime/


you nailed it. +2

@ Joe Ezar and Patches O'Hooo

yep and yep +1.5 ea.

@the rest of the posts

good stuff and my take is he will show an play,, if all is not going well, he will ''have a back issue, or hit a rock and hurt his wrist- whatever- if he does not succeed at a good front nine on Thursday, he will WD ''for medical reasons''

Sorry he has to end it this way. I have said all along he needw to go out on top- even if it is for one event, or even one excellent round, even a hole in one would b better than a medical ''reason''. As I have cited, Nolan Ryan got hurt and that was that- not the way a champion needed to end it.

We need to recognize we are living in history- 25 years from now the number of people ''who were there will be juiced to infinity and beyond...

optimistically yours,

03.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Has he practiced? Can't answer that. Ok, then you just substantiated the reports about his injuries.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEdward Brumby
"Until Tiger shows up and puts in 72-holes..."

@Joe Azar, the condition was met. Now, go iron some pants...
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHero
Acaman - My comment had zero to do with any animosity for Tiger. Have none. I can't speak for others.

To me, when he came back I saw someone swinging seemingly free, easy and pain free. His scores in the Bahamas were not that important. The real story would be told as to how much he could practice and play in the early part of the year. He planned an ambitious schedule. My thinking is we'd know where he was at vis a vis Augusta by the time Riviera rolled around.

He got worse and couldn't even physically show up at Riviera. Has anyone seen him play an actual round of golf for any stakes anywhere since? If people are negative, that's why.
@Rich S .... Though I doubt he will be playing in it but Tiger would still be exempt into the 2018 US Open. 10 year exemption for winning in 2008 @ Torrey Pines makes him exempt through 2018.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan

The topic was the Masters. As in playing 72-holes there. Next time give your cerebrum a chance to work before typing.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
@Dmac there was absolutely nothing in your initial post isolating Augusta. Your follow up post doesn't even remotely qualify as flotsam.
03.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHero
I believe the thread is about The Masters, not the 18 man funfest--gimme some OWGR's aaagggghhh.

no need for DMAC to repeat.

03.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I think the real story here is that Steiny is no longer referring to Woods as "the kid".
03.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCroDad
Mr. Hero, "the condition was met." - with little success we might add.........isn't that the point, to play and be successful? Or it it to play and be at the bottom of the list? Of course if that is the new bar for TW, then yes, he did succeed. Spin it any way you see fit......

But we don't see your HERO making an appearance at the Masters......I believe that was the topic du jour.

and thank you, my "trousers" are just fine... "pants" refers to underwear, and it is obvious your's are in a wad.
03.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Ezar
It's obvious he doesn't give a crap anymore except for his legal and financial obligations to his sponsors plus outside business interests.

unfortunately he's not going to heed Mr Young's words and will indeed....Faaaaaaaade awaaaaaay
03.19.2017 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
CZ is back in his homeland and slinging Neil quotes like he never left.
03.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
OWGR fan: Good math on a poor policy--a 10 yr exemption. Tiger will be simply taking up a spot, and he won't be the first whose no longer competitive. By the way, with your "OWGR", the Opens become less open. More than half the fields are fully exempt. All they do make TV rights around the world more valuable. It's all about money.
03.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRich S
Is it really worth it to Steinberg to continue to deny the obvious? Is overprotecting Tiger worth any and all credibility? Who else in golf has a pit bull on retainer? Doesn't Tiger see this for the folly that it is and how it harms his "brand". Steiner is like a 9-11 denier with Tiger mastering the strings in the theater of the absurd.

Dan Stuart
03.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDan Stuart
Tighthead: I never really left...just observed for a bit. got a shiny new MacBook Pro that seems to love them interwebs.

reminds me of another musical line from north of the border that's related to Tiger/Steiny...well somewhat at least.

"What you believe, you say without shame I just do"
03.19.2017 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
One Canadian lyric I use a lot is Doug and the Slugs - "sometimes, the old times, oh they drag on the new"
03.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
A Saturday $25 Nassau with the guys at your local golf club can be a little twitchy if you have not played in a few of weeks for whatever way that TW tees it up at ANGC without a any recent/decent competitive rounds under his belt.....that could get a little ugly...even if he is playing a Bridgestone ball.
03.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKeith - NYC
Steiney has to promote Woody as probable for Masters, which helps to promote Woody's book about himself and the Masters: " Tiger To Resurface Monday For NYC Book Signing "
03.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGutta Percha

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