After 17 months and two back surgeries, Tiger Woods is making his return to the PGA Tour this week at Torrey Pines. That much we know for sure. What we don’t know, is what will happen once he tees off on Thursday. Even Tiger doesn’t know what to expect, as he made known to the assembled media at media day for the Genesis Open at Riviera, which his foundation now runs.
“I just need to get out there and do it and see what happens,” Woods said said. “I feel like I’m strong enough to be able to handle the workload, but I still got to go out there and do it. Feeling good about it and doing it are two different things.”
Tiger embarks on a four tournament in five week period that begins Thursday in San Diego. It will then take him to Dubai, Riviera, and Palm Beach Gardens for his new hometown event The Honda Classic. The wildcard in all of this is how his surgically repaired back will hold up and how he will fare in tournament conditions.
While Woods admitted that since playing in the Hero World Challenge he has played 4 to 5 times a week back home at the Meddlaist, he has only played four tournament rounds since he last teed it up on Tour, those coming in the Bahamas. That week, Woods lead the field in birdies, but also led the field in bogeys finishing 15th in the 17 man field.
“I know I can shoot scores, but I need to have my health at a state where I can prepare,” he said. “If I have that I know I can shoot scores and win golf tournaments.”
While Woods won’t be playing at home this week, there are few courses out there that Woods feels more comfortable then this week’s venue, Torrey Pines. Woods has won a record eight times on the course, including the 2008 U.S. Open, his last major victory. As for how he will play though? Well, we will just have to wait and see.
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