Tiger warning: His speed, power back
Tiger Woods has warned that he’s regaining the swing speed and distance that he once had as the World No 1.
Tiger Woods has warned that he’s regaining the swing speed and distance that once helped him bestride the golf world like a Colossus.
The former world No 1 insisted in a radio interview in Australia on Monday that these key elements were now filtering back into his game because he’s finally able to get himself back into no holds-barred “explosive training” after years of fighting injuries.
On a day when the controversy that blew up over an alleged racial slur made by Woods’ former bagman Steve Williams at a caddie function last week continued to float around in the media ahead of this week’s Australian Open, Woods was quoted by the AAP as saying “I’ve had a ruptured ACL, I’ve had a broken leg, a torn Achilles, and strained ligaments over the last five years.
“I’ve been rehabbing for so long I haven’t been able to train.
“Now I’m starting to get going, I’m starting to do all my explosive training again.
“I’m hitting faster, more explosive, my speed’s coming back.
“I’m hitting the ball distances again that I knew I could hit it and it’s becoming fun.”
Woods was in Melbourne on Monday playing golf with Shane Warne and fiance Liz Hurley and James Packer at the privately-owned Capital Golf Club before heading to Sydney on Tuesday to play in the Australian Open at The Lakes.
It was made clear before the radio interview that Woods would not be discussing Williams, who has apologised for remarks he made about Woods at the caddie party.
Winless in two years and now down to No 58 in the world rankings, 35-year-old Woods will be aiming to boost his career fight back at the Australian Open and then at next week’s Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne where he will be representing the USA as one of captain Fred Couples’s wild card picks.
Woods said he that when he first entered the ranks of professional golf, he and Vijay Singh used to be the only leading players on the PGA Tour working out, but not any more.
“Guys are in the gym, they’re lifting the weights, they’re hitting the track, they’re trying to get stronger and faster because inevitably all sports do.
“The next generation always gets a little bit better.”
Betting preview: Sam Burns to continue impressive form in the Shriners Children’s Open
The PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas this week and Planet Sport tipster Jack Kelliher has four selections for the tournament.
Feuding rivals Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka to clash in ‘The Match’
Tensions have run high between the pair since early 2019.
Four golfers to oppose short priced favourite Jon Rahm with in this week’s Open de Espana
The European Tour heads to Spain for three weeks and the action begins at Club de Campo Villa Madrid.
Danny Willett enjoys perfect birthday with Alfred Dunhill Links Championship win
The Englishman won for the first time in over two years.
Danny Willett in pole position to win Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The major champion could be having a double celebration on Sunday.
Tyrrell Hatton takes one-shot lead into Dunhill Links Championship third round
Fellow Ryder Cup stars Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood were not far behind.
Solid start for Sungjae Im at Sanderson Farms Championship: Can he land a second PGA Tour title?
The Korean posted a first round of 67 at the Country Club of Jackson as he made his 2021/22 seasonal bow.
Tyrrell Hatton shrugs off Ryder Cup disappointment to earn share of Dunhill lead
The 29-year-old is looking to win the event for a third time.
Shane Lowry fully focused on 2023 Ryder Cup despite getting ‘dog’s abuse’ in US
Lowry won one point from three matches on his Ryder Cup debut.
On this day in 2002: Europe beat the United States in the Ryder Cup
The hosts won 15½-12½ at The Belfry.