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Pros thought Tiger was done after Torrey, odds for Woods's next girlfriend, Campbell retires

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Tour players "worried" Tiger was done


Fellow professionals thought Tiger Woods was finished at the start of 2015, according to 2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy.

The 14-time major champion’s golfing future was plunged into doubt at the Farmers Insurance Open in February when he withdrew 12 holes into his first round because of injury.

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In January, he missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after shooting a career-worst round of 82.

“When he walked off at Torrey, most guys thought, ‘Well, Tiger Woods could be over as we know it’,” Ogilvy told Sports Illustrated.

“There were guys walking around the locker room between Torrey and the Masters saying, ‘I don’t think Tiger will ever play again.’ Guys were worried, legitimately worried. They felt bad for him because everybody knows it can happen to them.”

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Woods took two months off before the Masters to work on his game, but impressed on his return with a tie for 17th. He plays this week at the Players Championship. 

Bet on Tiger and Rory's next girlfriend

Bookies are taking bets on who Tiger Woods will date next after his recent split with skier Lindsey Vonn.

The favourite to befriend Woods is ex-wife Elin Nordegren (7-1), with LPGA Tour star Michelle Wie and Lewis Hamilton’s ex-girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger also at short odds. Rory McIlroy's old flame Caroline Wozniacki is 40-1.

Bjorn looks forward to Mauritius Open


European Tour veteran Thomas Bjorn is hoping his injury woes are behind him as he tees it up in the Race to Dubai for just the sixth time this term at the Mauritius Open.

The 15-time European Tour winner, who has been struggling with a back injury, admits he is still not 100% fit, but is eager to compete once again.

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“It’s a good place to come and I’m happy with the way my game is shaping up. I’m able to practice more after the injuries, so I’m feeling better,” the 44-year-old Dane said. “I’m taking baby steps in the right direction, and that’s important. 

"I still have to manage my injuries and keep myself fit to play, but I can put in more hours now which is important. I’m making good progress.” 

Campbell retires

Former US Open champion Michael Campbell has announced his retirement to concentrate on coaching.

The eight-time European Tour winner held off Tiger Woods to win his only major in 2005 and finished in the top 15 of the money list six times.

“Obviously winning [the US Open] 10 years ago was something special for me and for the country and for golf itself," the 46-year-old told New Zealand’s Radio Sport.

"I fulfilled one of my dreams to win a major and it was fantastic.

“But as everyone knows, it has been well documented, my career since then hasn’t been great. But if I walk away from the game right now I could be very proud of my achievements.”

Kiwi Campbell said injuries had blighted his form, while a recent divorce forced him to reassess his options. 

 

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