Are Golfers Getting Too Old?

(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.

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4 Responses to Are Golfers Getting Too Old?

  1. I think we are starting to see the up in the anti with how much physical activity there is in golfing. Since tiger came along we are seeing more and more athletes playing. You are starting to need to be in great physical shape as such it wears on you physically breaking down the body.

    I think new young guns will make it in and star to even things out as some of the others drop out permanently from injury.

  2. It’s definitely a good time to be on your game right now while players are suffering injuries and no one seems to be playing consistently 26 different players have won events this year, 8 first time winners and only three golfers have won twice Bubba Watson, Mark Wilson and Nick Watney.

    Great blog Buddy keep up the great work! I hope to see you in the PGA one day too (without injuries of course)

    • Yeah. I have had more fun watching golf this year than in years past because so many golfers are getting more confidence and showing their skill.

      Thanks for the compliments. I will get there, though, I too hope without major injuries. Stay tuned for next weeks blog post, heh.

  3. Troy Vayanos says:

    I don’t think they’re getting too old, maybe just emphasizing the importance of looking after your body better in today’s tournaments. I think now more than ever it’s vital for the pro’s to keep themselves in shape and listen to their body more.

    On the other side it is great to see young players like Rory really step up and show their skills.

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