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Centinel Spine in the News: Rory Sabbatini on his weird DQ, Olympic medal and Tiger’s comeback


…Sabbatini has had a long, successful career loaded with interesting moments, some but not all of his own creation. At the 2007 Masters, he, Retief Goosen and Tiger Woods finished in a three-way tie for second, two shots behind Zach Johnson. Few golfers have played in as many as the same tournaments as Woods, or have shared as many RV lots near tournament sites with John Daly and Davis Love.

Sabbatini and Woods have never been anything like chums. What they share most is the trauma of ailing bodies. They both have a medical, and professional, relationship with Centinel Spine for their different and complex medical needs.

Sabbatini said that his pain, before a surgical procedure performed by a Centinel Spine medical team, was so intense he was “eating Vicodin like they were Skittles.” He said his pain gave him an insight into the kind of pain Woods has endured in his career. He recalled the pressure of never knowing, one day to the next, if he’d be able to play. He recalled a tournament in Las Vegas where, after contending through 54 holes, he was unable to play the fourth round, because his body had “locked up.”

He said he looked at the single swing Woods posted Sunday night and deemed it “very impressive.” Only a fool, Sabbatini said, would bet against a Woods comeback. “It’s super-human, what he’s accomplished,” Sabbatini said. “What he’s done is what folklore is made of.”


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