Woods confident that he remembers how to win
(Columbus, Ohio:) Tiger Woods heads into the week’s Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial tournament, and an event he has won five times, confident he still remembers how to clinch a ‘W’.
Nicklaus had remarked on Tuesday that before Woods does win again, and it is close to five years since Woods last tasted success, the now 42-year does need to learn how to win again.
Tiger Woods (Credit: PGA Tour)
And Woods, who last competed in the Memorial in 2015 where he shot his worst Tour score of 85, fully agrees with the 18-time Major winning Nicklaus it is barrier he needs to overcome.
“I do need to have an understanding what it takes to finish it off and get a ‘W’,” said Woods.
“I’ve been on runs before where getting ‘Ws’ came pretty easy and there were stretches where it was very difficult.”
“To me, this is a little bit different coming back off not really playing for a while and I remember the feelings when I was down at the Valspar when I had a chance to win there and I finished second and it really felt comfortable.”
“The last few times that I’ve had the chance to be up there on the board I felt comfortable so hopefully just shoot the low round when I need it.”
Woods tees it up this week at Muirfield Village just two weeks shy of the 10-year anniversary of his 14th and last Major Championship success in the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines in California.
Fellow American Justin Thomas returns to competition teeing-up for the first time as the new World No. 1 but wondering what all the fuss is about.
“I enjoyed it for a couple of days knowing I had gone to No. 1 when I had the two weeks off but after that it was over with and it was not as though I was really thinking about it,” said Thomas.
“It’s odd because nothing comes with it, like when you win a tournament you get a trophy and you get a lot of money. You do a press conference afterwards whereas I was in the middle of flying home when DJ (Dustin Johnson) finished and I had been told I was now No. 1 so I was like ‘okay’.”
“I did stay up late enough and waited to refresh it and it was pretty cool seeing every other golfer in the world below my name was a pretty fun thing.”
Thomas heads a field featuring eight of the World’s top-10 – Dustin Johnson (2), Justin Rose (3), Jordan Spieth (5), Rory McIlroy (6), Rickie Fowler (7), Jason Day (8) and Hideki Matsuyama (10).