(Story originally published by the author on The Golf Writers)
With the recent withdrawals from some of golf’s most prominent members due to injuries it only begs the question: Are golfers getting too old? The golf world was up in arms when Tiger decided not to play at the U.S. Open due to his nagging knee injury and an Achilles tendon issue. They were even more up in arms when he stated he wouldn’t be playing in the British Open, further showing that he’s not the young Tiger who bounces back from injuries any more.
This weeks John Deere Classic will not see two prominent players on the field due to injuries. Robert Garrigus withdrew stating a bad back as the issue while David Toms blamed a bad hip. On the upside Garrigus is getting help from another players injury. After Thomas Levet took a celebratory jump into the lake after his victory at the French Open and broke his shin Garrigus will be his replacement in the field at the British Open.
Any golfer knows that the sport is tough both mentally and physically. It can eventually take its toll on your health, which is inevitable in any sport. For this years Tour players it’s merely opening up the field to a number of younger players ready to make their mark in golf history. Players like Rory McIlroy who proved he was ready to take on golf’s best winning the US Open by record proportions.