Remember back to Wednesday, June 18, 2008 when el tigre announced that he was having season ending knee surgery? If you need to refresh your memory as to the reported details try this online article: Tiger Tamed: Surgery Will End His Season
But, what wasn't reported at the time was the remarkable coincidence that PGA drug testing was going to begin thirteen days later on July 1, 2008. Related articles: PGA Tour drug testing should begin in July 2008 and Drug testing a necessary decision by PGA Tour.
Not to say that Tiger's ailments were mythical, they probably were not. But, it could very well be a testament to the efficacy of PEDs that he was still able to win despite these ailments. In any case, I propose that the reason he decided to drop out of competition at that particular time had more to do with the upcoming commencement of testing than it did with his ailing knee.
And his failure to regain his previous dominating form would seem to support that. So, let's end the debate about whether or not he will ever regain his former greatness or whether or not he will break Jack Nicklaus's record. The answer is simple: without the juice, he will not.