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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    It’s more inappropriate to speculate he likely will not return.

    Tiger is in for the challenge of his life; and he obviously has had some serious challenges already.

    There will be a million baby steps this time.

    But Tiger getting moved yesterday was a significant baby step.

    As long as baby steps continue maintaining hope tiger can play again is meaningful.

    Hope is important.

    We know tiger will survive this (most likely) and we know eventually he will get back on his feet (most likely).

    What requires hope at this point is that tiger recovers enough to play. Playing is all tiger wanted with the back issues; and surely it’s all he wants now. First with his kids. Then with the pros.

    Tiger obviously wants to be able to walk and play again with his kids; like last time even if he were never to compete again.

    But like last time if he can get back to walking and playing with his kids; he would also likely be able to start playing competitively again; as has happened with his knee and back surgeries.

    We are at a point now where we hope for no serious setbacks; especially those infections which almost killed Alex Smith.

    But while Alex smith is a reminder of everything that can go wrong; he is also a beautiful example of how maintaining hope to get back to the playing field is ok to say. That man never lost the hope to get back on the field; and something tells me tiger isn’t either.

    So why shouldn’t we maintain hope?

    Tiger can do this. If he cannot it’s ok.

    But I for one am maintaining the same hope I always have with tiger setbacks. If there is one thing I don’t like in the speculative department it’s lost hope.

    That’s not gonna happen.

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      Tom Edrington

      We are not of an opinion either way but I do have the perspective of three major orthopedic surgeries; No one’s addressed how this is also a bad situation for his already fragile back; The big problem is the ankle, he won’t be able to put weight on it for a long time, he’ll battle muscle atrophy in the right leg. It’s going to be a long time before we know anything as far as his physical future.

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    Thanks for the perspective, Tom. Agree completely. I have a good friend whose wife is a skilled skier who broke some of the same bones in a skiing accident. She couldn’t walk for months. She still limped a year later and could only walk about a mile or so.

    When I heard of this my hopes for Tiger were very similar to yours.

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      Tom Edrington

      Thanks RM; I’ve had three major orthopedic surgeries and am known to be a rehab freak by my doctors. No one’s considered how this will affect his already fragile back….it’s going to be quite a long time before we know anything about his physical future.

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    Tom….best, most truthful, and informative article on Tiger’s injuries and prognosis. Let’s be honest….it doesn’t look good at all for Tiger. Let’s just hope that he will be able to walk normally again in a year or two. Playing competitive golf again is most likely a pipe dream. Regaining his health is the only thing that matters.

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      Tom Edrington

      Thanks NY…..he’s got a long, long road to travel just to start walking normally; People forget that in a Tour event, you are walking for six days straight. As he’s gotten older, Tiger just goes nine holes per day when he does get in a practice round; That ankle will be a problem as well….long time before he can even put weight on it; A good friend who knows, told me his leg is most likely in a HALO, it has to be perfectly stable with no movement at all, they can’t even close the wounds until they’re sure swelling is under control. He can fly until they are totally certain he’s past the point of the threat of blood clots as well. I think it’s selfish of people to proclaim he’ll be back competing…..just the ability to play and walk 18 holes is who knows how far down the road.

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        baxter cepeda

        Was it selfish to proclaim he would come back from knee surgeries?
        Back surgeries?

        How is it selfish to predict on the internet a man will make it back?

        I find it cold to doubt so hard.

        I have made this same prediction every time with Tiger and been right every time. I find it foolish to predict anything different with tiger.

        It’s that simple.


          Tom Edrington

          He is going to lose sooooooooo much time, simply to walk then add the amount of time to work on his game, which he already cannot practice very long due to back issues…..I’m hoping he can play with Charlie in the 2023 PNC

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