Should Cowboy fans be concerned that Tiger Woods had to withdraw from the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational?
How does that have any impact on the upcoming football season?
It doesn’t. But the golfer’s struggles to return to form are why Cowboys officials and fans will be holding their breath when it comes to Tony Romo.
The quarterback underwent a microdiscectomy seven months ago to relieve the pain in his lower back. Woods had the same surgery.
“Tony Romo had the exact same procedure I did,’’ Woods posted on his website earlier this year. “I talked to him a lot because he was in a lot of pain after a game against the Washington Redskins. He just couldn’t function anymore.’’
Woods is four years older than Romo. His surgery came on March 31and he returned to competition three months later.
It was five months after his surgery before Romo began to throw passes.
The latest setback by Woods should serve as an endorsement of the cautious approach the training staff has taken with Romo in camp. It’s the prudent course. They are helping Romo manage his back and recovery in a way Woods hasn’t.
But the random nature of Sunday’s episode with Woods is what should scare Cowboys fans. Woods said he had no problem with his back in his return until he swung from an awkward stance and went back into a bunker on hole No. 2 in the final round. His back began to spasm and he was forced to withdraw a few holes later. It was a struggle to remove his golf shoes before he stepped into a car to leave.
Avoiding the San Francisco pass rush in Week 1, trying to escape Houston’s J.J. Watt in Week 5 or the numerous times Romo must twist this way or torque that way to throw a pass will also put him in awkward positions.