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Should Tiger take a break?
For two straight weeks, Tiger Woods was hampered by back problems -- first at the Honda Classic, where he withdrew during the final round March 2, then at Doral, where he hobbled around to a last-day 78. Still, Woods is not planning to slow down. His agent says Woods will play at next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Is this the right way to go? What is Tiger's 2014 outlook?
Tiger Woods' struggles continue
Tiger Woods' 2014 has been nothing but troublesome. He got off to a career-worst start, took to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., after a break, barely made the cut, then, following a strong round three, struggled mightily on Sunday before withdrawing due to back pain. His weekend might not have been as frustrating as that of Rory McIlroy, who controlled the tournament most of the week before blowing a late lead and losing to Russell Henley in a four-man playoff, but it still doesn't bode well for Woods. The 14-time major champion will play at Doral this weekend. Will Tiger turn things around and win a major? Will his lingering health issues ever subside?
Troubling 2014 debut for Tiger?
Tiger Woods' 2014 season debut didn't end the way he would have liked -- shooting a third-round 79 and missing the secondary cut for the first time in his career. Perhaps the biggest surprise was that it happened at Torrey Pines, a course where Woods usually excels. Before everyone panics, this was his season opener, after all, and he's still the defending player of the year. But it remains to be seen what this says about Tiger's chances of breaking his major championship drought in 2014 and renewing his quest to surpass Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major titles.
Tiger Woods didn't win a major this year, but that doesn't mean he's all washed up. He won five times this year, including two World Golf Championships and The Players Championship, which was enough to nab the Jack Nicklaus Award for the PGA Tour's best golfer. Tiger has proved he can still win big tournaments, but his chase of the award's namesake still defines him as a player and could end up framing his entire career.
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At this past weekend's BMW Championship, Tiger Woods was penalized two strokes when video evidence showed his ball moved after he attempted to remove debris. This is the second time Woods has been penalized after the fact this season because of video evidence -- the previous one coming at the Masters -- leading PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem to discuss the issue of spectator-reported violations Tuesday.
"It feels awkward when it happens," Finchem said of Woods' situation. "On the other hand, I hate to say it's part of the tradition of the game because actually you can't really argue that because it's changed with the degree of television we have. I think we need to do some more thinking about it. I think people in the game need to think about it."
What do you think about it?
On one hand, fans don't call violations in the other major sports. On the other, those have referees watching everything.
Of course, golf's rules are quite strict; do you truly gain an advantage if your ball moves a bit?
Skirting the rules?
If you're a rules devotee, you might think less of Tiger Woods for not blowing the whistle on himself.
Sign of the times?
Players can be disqualified if the violations are discovered well after a round.