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Is It Possible Tiger Needs To Warm Up?

Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods

When Tiger Woods returned from knee surgery a couple weeks ago, it seemed a bit strange that virtually everyone thought he immediately would be in championship form.

Had there ever been an athlete in the history of sports who came back from surgery -- after eight months off -- with fewer questions about the future of his performance?

Television ads ran promos of his weekend appearance and Nike showed its consumers what Tiger would be wearing. Then the world's No. 1 golfer lost in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and didn't even make it to the weekend.

Just a little rusty? Sure. We'll give him a mulligan.

But we've been watching the leaderboard at WGC-CA Championship in Doral and it doesn't look good for Tiger to win this one either. Through 11 holes today, he's one under par and the current leaders, Jeev Milkha Singh and Prayad Marksaeng, are 11 strokes ahead.

So we're going ask the taboo question, and maybe it's a bit early: Is it possible Tiger isn't as good as he was when he left?

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