Tiger – I’m improving all the time
Tiger Woods says his game is improving as he prepares to resume his PGA comeback next week.
Tiger Woods says his game is improving as he prepares to resume his comeback next week at the Quail Hollow Championship.
The world number one made the comments on Friday in the first blog to be posted on his official website tigerwoods.com since October 5 last year and also paid tribute to the fans who welcomed him back to golf at The Masters two weeks ago following a 144-day absence from golf.
A late November car crash was followed by the publishing of allegations about a string of extra-marital affairs involving Woods, a scandal which prompted the American to take an indefinite leave of absence from golf which ended earlier this month at Augusta National.
During the hiatus from competition, Woods entered rehabilitation for undisclosed problems, but that did not prevent the 14-time major winner from finishing in a tie for fourth and in his new blog, Woods wrote his game has got better since then.
“I took a little time off after the Masters to go scuba diving and spend time with my family,” Woods said. “But I did enjoy a fun round of golf with my friend John Cook at Isleworth Country Club.
“I double-eagled the par-five 17th hole – the third of my life – with a 5-wood and shot 63, so my game is improving.”
Of his performance at Augusta National, Woods wrote: “I have to say it felt great to return to competition at the Masters Tournament.
“To actually contend in a major on the back nine Sunday and tie for fourth with very little preparation, with all that has transpired in my life, was pretty cool.
“I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the fans, but they were absolutely incredible from Monday through Sunday. It was unreal.
“They definitely helped me mentally to be more comfortable out there. I was hoping for the best. To get that type of warmth is something I did not expect and will never forget.”
Woods, who added the support he received “means more than you know” said he was glad to be back and that competing again “was just like riding a bike”.
The four-time Masters winner, though, was disappointed to finish his week with a round of 69 that left him five strokes adrift of 2010 champion Phil Mickelson, whom he congratulated.
“It also felt great to be in the hunt again, but unfortunately, I didn’t have my game. I knew I needed to make a run, but I just didn’t have one in me. I had a terrible warm-up session Sunday, and it carried over to the first tee.”
Woods, who earlier this week committed to playing The Players Championship in two weeks and the AT&T National in July, which he hosts, also referred to his use of bad language during his round at Augusta, for which he apologised at the time.
“It’s tough when you’re in a competitive environment and in the flow of a tournament. I’m not perfect. All I can say is I’m trying to do everything I can without losing my fire and competitive spirit.”
Of his next appointment, at Quail Hollow in North Carolina, Woods said the golf club was “one of my favorite courses on tour.
“It’s traditional, right in front of you, difficult, and you have to shape shots both ways. I managed to win there in 2007 and look forward to going back.”
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