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The same people who say he has a long recovery ahead also say not to sell him short. This is Tiger Woods, after all, who for years was probably the most mentally focused athlete around.

“Will he come back? Probably, but it takes time from this hugely traumatic situation,” Steinberg said. “My guess is that he is going to win some more tournaments, perhaps quite a few more.”

Woods himself said Tuesday he believes he will still win at least five more majors to break the record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus. The world, Woods insisted, has not seen the best of him yet.

Hard to believe, considering how great Woods once was. Then again, it’s hard to figure out what to believe about Woods anymore.