Sean Foley coached Tiger Woods to several wins in his late 30s but — sort of infamously — never to a major championship victory. He obviously has more insight than most, and more recent insight than maybe anyone, so his take on Tiger’s recent body ailments rings pretty interesting.
Foley told Golf.com that he’s glad Big Cat has not returned to the game since his two back surgeries last fall.
“I’m so glad to see that he hasn’t come back yet because he’s listening to his body, and he’s listening to himself,” said Foley. “This guy’s life since he was 10 years of age has been in front of the camera, and I think he’s earned the right to do what he’s done.
“I think we’re more hurt not seeing our favorite player … but as his friend I’m happy for him that he’s at [son] Charlie’s tournament watching Charlie play the U.S. Kids and that he’s got this incredible love for his daughter Sam and they have a really beautiful connection. There’s more to life than winning a major, and I think at some point as you get older, you recognize that.”
This is good insight. I’m equally glad Woods has not returned. For him to sustain success over the next decade, it felt imperative to take 2016 completely off. Does that guarantee a successful comeback? No, but it at least gives you the opportunity.