Monday Scorecard: Tiger's neck scare, Rory's Sunday struggles

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"Monday Scorecard" is a look back at the biggest stories from the golf world over the past seven days. Warning: Story contains coarse language.

Tiger's neck scare

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It's best to consider Tiger Woods withdrawing from the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week as a reality check.

When the 43-year-old pulled out of Bay Hill - an event he's won a record eight times - there was obvious concern around the sports world. The words "Tiger" and "injury" bring back some dark times that many fans had erased from their memories thanks to his remarkable 2018 comeback season.

But instead of immediately assuming the worst - or taking Paul Azinger's word that the neck issue was "serious" - remember Woods' age and what his body's been through over the past few years.

He's not going to feel 100 percent all the time, and that's okay. Also, take solace in the fact that Tiger is learning how to take care of his aging body. Withdrawing as a precaution instead of playing through the injury, as he's done numerous times throughout his career, is a positive sign of maturity.

And considering it now appears Tiger will be ready for the Players Championship this week, it'll be fun to look back at this injury scare and laugh at the initial reactions - maybe even while he's slipping on his fifth green jacket.

Score: Par. It sucks Tiger's dealing with a neck strain, which is perhaps the same issue he endured during the 2018 Open Championship. But soreness and minor injuries are things fans will have to accept with this latest, older, version of Tiger.

Rory's Sunday struggles continue

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Rory McIlroy and Sundays have not been getting along in the past few years, especially when he finds himself in the final group. Since 2016, and including this past week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, McIlroy's played in the last pairing 11 times with only one win to show for it. His scoring average in those rounds is slightly over 71, according to Sporting Life's Ben Coley.

If you're a Rory believer, the silver lining is that he continues to put himself in great positions to win golf tournaments. He's already been in the final group three times in 2019, which included running into a buzzsaw in Dustin Johnson at the WGC-Mexico Championship, where he lost by five to DJ but was also five strokes clear of the rest of the field.

McIlroy is going to win soon - that's obvious. He's playing some of the most consistent golf of his career, with five straight finishes inside the top six. Plus, few golfers can provide the jaw-dropping highlights he's producing on a weekly basis. Case in point:

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