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USA TODAY - Tiger Woods' body quit.

Let's call it what it is.

There wasn't a more dominant golfer from 1996 to 2008. But in the past six years, it's an accomplishment if the man who won 79 times on the PGA Tour even finishes a tournament.

Woods didn't finish the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Sunday. He crumpled at the ninth hole and withdrew.

His numbers: 79 PGA wins, 14 majors, one back surgery (in March), four surgeries on his left knee, lingering problems with his neck, elbow, and Achilles at 38-years-old. It's the stat line of one of the most accomplished golfers in history, and a man who can no longer stay healthy.

Maybe Tiger hasn't quit his chase for Jack Nicklaus' majors record, but his body has.

This latest injury will almost certainly knock him out of the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Perhaps this recent outing is a blessing in disguise for Woods. Without a major or the Ryder Cup to play for, perhaps Tiger's back will get the necessary recovery time it needs to heal.

But even if Woods' back does heal, and he's able to come back, it seems unlikely he will ever reach his former ability. A body can't go through the stress and deterioration his has without serious ramifications, which we've seen play out this summer.

The question isn't will Tiger win a major any more. It's when will he stop trying?

(Copyright © 2014 USA TODAY)

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