Tiger admits he is itching to get back on Tour
Tiger Woods admits he’s had enough of ‘beating golf balls’ and is ready to resume his place on the PGA Tour at this week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in California.
Woods was at the Torrey Pines course early Tuesday (local time) sporting a pullover but he peeled that off ahead of hitting a drive down the 10th hole of the North Course and one of two host courses for this week’s $US 6.9m event.
Joining Woods was Aussie Jason Day and American Bryson DeChambeau.
After playing nine holes the former long-time World No. 1 then headed to the range before indicated he was headed north to the head office of TaylorMade Golf.
It has been 12 months since Woods last competed on the PGA Tour and that was in this week’s event a year ago when a clearly still unfit Woods hopelessly missed the cut.
Tiger Woods last won at Torrey Pines in 2013 (Credit: Getty Images)
But after rubber-stamping his return with a superb ninth place showing at last month’s Hero World Challenge Woods said he’s itching to get going in what would be his first full season since 2015.
“Before the Hero I was basically given the okay probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament and I thought I did a pretty good in that prep time,” he said.
“Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes.”
“So, I feel good. It is just a matter of coming out here and competing again. I took the week off after the Hero on holidays and also doing a bit of spear fishing.”
However Woods excitement and enthusiasm to get going in what will be his 22nd year in the pro ranks has had to be tampered.
“I’ve had to hold back, totally,” he said.
“It’s just that I’m trying to build in golf endurance. So I’m hitting a lot of golf balls and building up my endurance. You have to do it. You have to beat balls for a little bit of time to build up your endurance and muscles.”
“So, I feel like I’ve hit enough golf balls and now it’s time to play a tournament.”
“There’s also been occasions where I’ve had to be careful no over-doing it playing too much soccer with the kids.”
Woods again could not have picked a better venue to resume his place on golf’s richest stage having won seven Farmer Insurance Open titles and the 2000 US Open on the clifftop Torrey Pines course overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
“I love the golf course and I used to come down here for the old Andy Williams tournament so it always feels good to be here,” he said.
“It definitely reminds me of home. Actually my home is about 45 minutes from here.”
“So, looking forward to teeing-up and the only big deal about it is that no one really understands what it’s like to have a fused back and be able to play.”
“It’s not about how the swing actually looks like. You can get into positions and things of that nature and there are a lot of things I can’t do anymore because of the nature of the fusion. So, I’m relying on feel and my past performances.”
Day, also a former World No. 1, commented on Woods game saying:
“He looked good. He has hardly played in two years, so I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead or think he’s going to come back and win straight way.”
Woods has been drawn to play the opening two rounds of this week’s event in the company of fellow Americans Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.