This doesn't surprise me at all. Better yet, did this surprise anyone who has followed Tiger's struggles this season?
Plain and simple, his game isn't ready to compete yet. His left knee is still weak and the way he drives off of that knee with his tornado-fast swing, can't hang for 18 holes. But lets not be glib, Tiger could go out and right now and set the scoring record at Crestview Country Club or Flint Hills National with out nary a practice swing. He is that good, still. When it is all said and done, he will be remembered as the best golfer of all time. Lets call this time period just a small hiatus.
But more than his knee of Achilles injuries, Tiger isn't mentally ready to play again. The divorce is final, Elin has moved out and back to Sweden and the dust has settled from the car crash that started all of this. But he still isn't mentally ready for the PGA yet.
Look, golf is a hard game. Anyone who has picked up a club will tell you the same. And anyone who hasn't thinks it is easy, until they do. And the ones that play at the highest level can attest to how tough the Tour can be. Now, imagine playing with a bum knee, busted heel and the weight of the world on your back. Pretty tough, huh? But that wasn't Tiger's problem. He used to play through pain. He won the 2008 US Open on one leg, basically.
He can blame the knee and the heel and doctors orders say he isn't to swing a club until all is clear. But none of this really bothering him. It's all upstairs in his head. His confidence is shaken right now. Why do you think he keeps tinkering with his swing? Why do you think he keeps shooting high numbers and pulling out of tournament? He isn't locked in like he used to be. And thats harder to fix than a knee replacement.
If Tiger wants to make a comeback, turn this thing around and just be Tiger again - he needs to go away for the rest of the year. He has a ton of money, he has plenty of living space and time on his hands. He needs to get out of the public spotlight and just go away. How long? Not sure. Definitely the rest of the year. Longer? No, because then his game could really fall apart (and Sean Foley can't get that back). Go smoke some cigars with Mark O'Meara. Go hang out on your boat (which is named Privacy). Go travel to New Zealand with Steve Williams, his caddie. Just go away.