National: Tiger Watch
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 08:58 Thursday, 01 December 2016 08:25
NASSAU, Bahamas (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Everyone is watching, everyone is curious, and Jordan Spieth had the perfect view of Tiger Woods for his return to golf.
Spieth was on the 17th green and looked across a narrow pond to the ninth tee at Albany Golf Club where Woods stood over his tee shot during the Wednesday pro-am. He saw the swing, but he lost sight of the ball in the glare of the tropical sun.
“Where did it go?” Spieth said as he tried to gauge where the ball might land. “Not in the fairway.”
He looked again.
“Whoa! There it is — WAY down there,” he said. “Damn.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 05:45 Wednesday, 30 November 2016 05:34
NASSAU, Bahamas (Doug Ferguson/AP) — This might be one time that Tiger Woods doesn’t measure success on the golf course by the score on his card.
He measured it with three words: “I’m playing again.”
There were times during his 15 months away from golf that Woods wasn’t entirely sure that would be the case. He said that when he was at the Hero World Challenge last year, he needed help just to climb out of bed. At an outdoor party at Albany Golf Club, he would mingle for a few minutes and then sit on a stone bench.
He spent more time looking back than looking forward, saying at one point that anything else he achieved in golf would be “gravy.”
And now he can’t wait to get started.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:43 Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:29
NASSAU, Bahamas (Doug Ferguson/AP) — They were voted rookie of the year 20 years ago in their respective sports and quickly piled up championships. Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter finally had a chance to play golf together.
Only one of them is retired.
“He never played golf when he played baseball,” Woods said after going nine holes at Albany Golf Club with the former New York Yankees shortstop. “Now that he’s out of baseball, he’s addicted to playing golf. From what I had first heard from some of the guys I know who have played with him, he slashed it around. But now he’s focused. He likes to practice. He likes to play. He does his fitting, tries to get better. You can tell he’s analyzing, he’s watching, he’s asking questions.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:27 Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:04
NASSAU, Bahamas (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods has gone through two back surgeries since he last played a golf tournament 15 months ago. He had another back surgery that knocked him out of the Masters for the first time in 2014. He had four knee surgeries before that.
None of that matters to Ernie Els when Woods returns to competition.
Els is more curious about what’s going on in his head.
“The talent’s there. It’s been proven. It doesn’t go away,” Els said. “It’s what you think of yourself. It’s what you think where you are. We look at this great player, but he’s not seeing the same stuff in his own mind. A lot of us are like that. When you’ve achieved as much as he has ... it’s a shock to the system not to play as good as you have been. To look at other people looking at you like, ‘Hey, you’re not the same guy,’ that’s hard to take.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:46 Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:37
When Tiger Woods returns to action — his first tournament play since Fall 2015 — he’ll come equipped with a prototype of his latest signature golf shoe, the Nike TW ‘17.
“This shoe is an absolutely integral part of my return to the sport I love and have missed so much,” Woods says. “Nike really got in the zone with me. I knew Tobie and I were on to something special back when I tried on the first prototype. I feel supreme support from this shoe which leads to the utmost confidence when I step onto the course.”
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