Tiger Woods is trying ahead to his first aggressive rounds since struggling career-threatening leg accidents in a February automobile crash, however he stated Friday the PNC Championship household match is not any gauge of his readiness for the PGA Tour. “I nonetheless have an extended technique to go on this rehab course of,” stated the 15-time main champion, who suffered compound fractures in his proper leg after the automobile he was driving in a Los Angeles suburb veered off the highway and flipped a number of instances.
“I haven’t got the endurance to be out right here to play on the tour stage.
“That is totally different,” he stated after taking part in a pre-tournament pro-am spherical on Friday. “I can hit round right here, drop a ball right here, hit a couple of wedges, try this.
“However to go on the market and have 220 yards and know that you need to hit a 3- or 4-iron and miss the ball within the appropriate spot, after which hit sure pictures and one stroke determines whether or not you win or lose, that is a completely totally different mindset than what we’ve got out right here this week.
“I am not there but.”
However Woods is up for a second straight look within the occasion alongside 12-year-old son Charlie, one thing that wasn’t on his radar as he spent three months in mattress after his accident.
“Simply the truth that I will play and have this expertise with him and watch him, watch him hit pictures or encourage him to hit pictures,” Woods stated of the worth of the week. “One factor I can do, I can assume my means across the golf course. I’ll not be capable to execute it, however I may help strategize a few of his pictures, the place to hit it, hit it, issues of that nature and be sure that he is in his little bubble and he is having enjoyable.”
Woods, who returned from 2017 spinal fusion surgical procedure to win his fifth Masters title, and fifteenth main crown, in 2019, stated this damage rehabilitation has been the toughest of many in his profession.
When he was lastly up and about, Woods stated Friday, there wasn’t a day when he did not work on one thing.
“Even days the place I did not really feel superb, we labored on one thing,” he stated.
As he works to regain swing pace and generate size, Woods stated even strolling a complete spherical can be past him proper now. For this occasion, he can use a cart.
“My leg isn’t fairly proper but and it’ll take time,” he stated.
Father, not coach
That will not cease followers and pundits from parsing each facet of his sport, questioning if he would possibly be capable to resume his pursuit of extra main championship — presumably even Jack Nicklaus’s report of 18 — as quickly as subsequent yr.
They will get one other look, too, at Charlie, who displayed a candy swing eerily just like his father’s final yr, in addition to a traditional Woods fist-pump and membership twirl.
Woods stated he wasn’t consciously imparting both the sport or the mannerisms.
“I am his father, I am not his coach,” Woods stated. “And so if he desires to study in regards to the sport of golf, he’ll ask. I am there as a sounding board.”
Regardless of his present limitations, there’s nonetheless little question that for the hyper-competitive Woods his household bonding can be brightened by a victory over world quantity six Justin Thomas and his father Mike, who received the occasion final yr.
“We’re extraordinarily shut with the household and we do a variety of issues collectively,” Woods stated of the Thomases, their neighbors in Florida.
That included a Christmas go to at Woods’s home final yr, the place the Thomases wore the belts they had been awarded for his or her PNC Championship win.
“You realize, we do not need them carrying that belt once more, so we’re going to give it our greatest,” Woods stated. “Christmas dinner wasn’t fairly as pleasurable final yr because it hopefully can be this yr.”
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