What have Tiger Woods and Sandy Koufax shared? They have shared a burning desire to practice their skills to exhaustion, perhaps, with a terror of losing that provided the discipline required (a la Michael Jordan). Remember a loss in a major or a World Series game was a loss before millions, arguably, public humiliation. In Koufax’s case it was also letting down his teammates.
Perhaps, with the extensive training and under the pressure of big games or tournaments, their frames just wore down early. Koufax’s elbow was going to make him handicapped the rest of his life if he failed to retire early. Woods has said that he can walk on a course forever but the twisting can do horrible things to his oft-operated upon spine.
Where there’s a will there’s a way you say? Father time has a way of breaking down the plans of great athletes. May God bless them both with ever improving pain relief. We will never forget their grace under pressure.