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Daily Commentary for 2022-05-25

No Bite for Tiger in U.S. Open by Joe Miegoc

It was revealed Friday that Tiger Woods, sidelined since just after the Masters due to surgery on his left knee, will not play in the Memorial next weekend, Jack Nicklaus' signature tournament. That means Woods will not have a tournament before the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in mid-June. That doesn't bode well for Woods. Remember 2006 at Winged Foot, when his father had died just after the Masters and Woods didn't play until showing up for the Open? He missed the cut.

You just don't miss six weeks on the PGA Tour and then, of all championships, return for the U.S. Open. An Open course will eat you alive. And it appears Woods may be his body's worst enemy. It's his second surgery on his left knee, which bears the brunt of the fierceness of his swing, in just a few years. Maybe his body is warning him about the stress he's putting it through.

So, Nicklaus' 18 major professional championships should be safe for at least another 18 months. Don't expect Woods to win the Open, contrary to what I've said before and to the six times he's already won at Torrey Pines. Even if Woods were to win the British Open at Royal Birkdale in July and the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills in August, that leaves him at 15, and he'd need to win the Grand Slam many thought he'd win this year in 2009 to surpass Nicklaus. At this point, not very likely.

PREDICTIONS: Danica Patrick will not win the Indianapolis 500. Maybe Dan Wheldon, Helio Castroneves or Scott Dixon, but, forget Danica. All the talk in the leadup to today's Indioanapolis 500 has been about Patrick, the 26-year-old woman driver who made Indy Car history in April with a victory in the Japan 300 in April. But, as Mario Andretti once told me, "these cars are so good even a chimpanzee can drive them." Patrick's car won in Japan, she didn't. She just guessed right on fuel stops and happened to be in front when the race ended. Patrick led at Indianapolis a few years ago for a few laps late in the race until she realized where she was. Of course, she slowed down, and finished fourth. That's more likely today. No more history for Danica, and she'll probably throw another fit.


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