LA JOLLA: A relaxed and seemingly content material Tiger Woods gave his physique a thumbs up on Wednesday and stated he has not “felt this good in years” on the eve of his official PGA Tour comeback.
Woods beamed his trademark smile a number of occasions as he spoke to the media for 23 minutes at Torrey Pines, a day earlier than the primary spherical of the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, a event he virtually owns with seven victories.
He had simply performed a pre-event professional-am. He started just like the Tiger of previous, with a birdie on the primary gap, and completed the identical method, with an eagle and birdie and the final two, for a ultimate rating of 1 beneath.
He addressed intimately questions on his swing and in addition spoke at size concerning the thought course of that went into the apparently profitable spinal fusion he underwent final April after three failed microdiscectomies.
As typical, he stated little about his private life, aside from to say his two youngsters have been nicely. He didn’t tackle final yr’s arrest after he was discovered asleep on the wheel of his automotive with a number of prescribed drugs in his system.
However when it got here to his well being normally and golf particularly, the forty two-yr-previous might hardly include his enthusiasm at being ache-free after years of searing ache in his again and legs.
”My high quality of life is infinitely higher than it was final yr at this level,“ he stated. ”I’ve no extra ache in my again.
”It feels good to not have a burning sensation taking place my leg into my foot, or collapse once I‘m strolling, issues of that nature.
“It’s been so dangerous for therefore lengthy, however turning it round and having my again fused, I haven’t felt this good in years, so I‘m enthusiastic about it.”
Woods has performed only one event since his spinal fusion, the unofficial Hero World Problem within the Bahamas in December.
Of all Woods’ victories, maybe his biggest got here right here on the 2008 U.S. Open. He gained regardless of having, in his personal phrases, “no ACL” (anterior cruciate ligament) and a “damaged leg” (two stress fractures in his decrease left leg).
However that was 10 years in the past, and he has not gained a serious championship since. He tees off this week with totally different expectations.
”My expectations have tempered a bit of bit as a result of I haven’t performed,“ he stated. ”I simply need to begin enjoying and getting right into a rhythm of enjoying a schedule once more.
“I haven’t completed that in such a very long time, so I don’t know what to anticipate. I‘m going to grind, give it every little thing I probably have.”
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