During a conference call with media writers on Wednesday — the day before the Players’ Championship began — Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee had this observation about Tiger Woods, who pulled out of last year’s event in the last round because of injury:
“I think there’s a really good chance that he’ll be gone here before he was last year, even though he said yesterday that his knee was fine and his ankle felt fine. It’s very likely that he’s going to reinjure himself playing this course and maybe just hobble out here.
“It’s kind of sad. We watched Tiger age so rapidly right before our eyes and maybe right before our eyes we’ll watch Tiger Woods play where he’s literally shuffling off the course. It’s quite sad to see and it’s really sad to watch what’s going on with Tiger Woods on the range where this phenomenal athlete with perhaps the best former swing of all time is now kind of an old man out there and trying to rehearse the moves that don’t come naturally to him.
“It’s really sad to see somebody of that talent going through what he’s going through.”
After his worst nine holes ever at the tournament, Woods withdrew on Thursday.