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This Week at WorldGolf.com: May 20, 2008
William K. Wolfrum
By William K. Wolfrum
Staff Writer
Tiger Woods: Will "America's Fittest Guy" ever break down, or just keep on winning?

It's easy to respect Tiger Woods' fitness level. He keeps up a workout routine that would put some football players to shame, and over the years has transformed himself from a slim kid to a powerful young man in his physical prime. Nonetheless, it's hard to imagine the reasoning behind the magazine Men's Fitness when they proclaimed Woods the "Fittest Guy in America."

Okay, it's actually not that hard to figure out their reasoning. Tiger Woods sells magazines. But ranking an athlete that just underwent knee surgery gets as the fittest "guy' in the whole nation seems, well, silly.

This is in no way meant to denigrate Tiger or his dedication to being the best athlete he can possibly be. But the fact is this: As good as Woods' chances are of breaking Jack Nicklaus' all-time record for major victories, the odds are just as good, if not better, that his body and mind will break down long before he gets a chance to break the one record he most covets.

This is not new ground, mind you. Four years ago, in his book "I Call the Shots," Johnny Miller pointed out that Woods may struggle with longevity. Now, recovering from the third knee surgery of his career, Miller's then-bold statements seem to be coming to fruition. Among Miller's points in 2004: Child prodigies often age faster, family life and health could all lead to Woods being unable to continue his otherworldly level of play.

In fact, perhaps the main problem Woods will struggle with will be one that will become routine for PGA Tour stars. Woods has been golfing for roughly 30 years now. With a child, massive business interests and an apparent new interest in having a life outside of golf, Woods' legendary focus is very likely to cool as the years trickle by. Plus, at 32, with three knee surgeries down, his body may not be able to keep up with his life on the links. And with kids playing regimented golf at earlier and earlier levels, 35 may be an age when the mind and body start to give way.

Make no mistake, Tiger Woods will still wow us with his performances in upcoming years. But it's quite difficult to see Woods scoring a major title at age 46 ala Nicklaus. It may not be inevitable, but it is likely - Tiger Woods, "Fittest Guy in America" or not, will break down, physically and/or mentally. And possibly sooner rather than later.

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Bear Mountain - New Valley Course - No.18Vancouver Island anticipation: Bear Mountain's new Valley Course goes even higher than monster Nicklaus original

The new "Valley Course" at Bear Mountain Golf & Country Club in Victoria is something of a misnomer. For the name Valley Course brings to mind a nice, flat journey, especially if you've played Bear's original Mountain Course. Instead ... well, let's just say you should forget any visions of flat and boring. "There's not a flat hole out here," Superintendent Darren Burns said, laughing.

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Annika SorenstamColumn: Is Annika Sorenstam a quitter or just being Swedish?

Annika Sorenstam's departure from the women's world golf stage may have stemmed from Lorena Ochoa's challenge. Or is she just being Swedish? National Golf Editor Tim McDonald breaks down Sorenstam's retirement in his latest 'From The Rough' column at WorldGolf.com.

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Jack Nicklaus and Clay LongClay Long, Nicklaus Golf's chief club designer, sounds off on 'tiny nubs' and other equipment

Clay Long, chief club designer for Nicklaus Golf, holds an honor few golf club engineers have. He has a place in pop culture, specifically in the lyrics of the 1998 hit song "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies. Long speaks to Equipment Editor Kiel Christianson on the new Nicklaus Golf line of Polarity irons, adjustable-shaft technology and more.

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Laughlin Ranch CommunityRealty auction offers new homes at The Canyons at Laughlin Ranch in Arizona

Looking to buy a new vacation or retirement home in a master-planned golf community? If so, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for! The Freedom Realty Exchange announces an online auction of 13 brand-new homes in The Canyons at Laughlin Ranch. Previously priced from the upper $400's, minimum bids start as low as $142,000.

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