Tiger Woods continue his recovery from intense leg injuries at subsequent week’s PGA Championship after making a sensational go back at final month’s Masters with masses of interest over the country of his game.
The 15-time main champion practiced remaining month at Southern Hills and excited fanatics wish he can enhance on his 47th-area end at Augusta country wide, in which Woods referred to as finishing 72 holes amongst his finest profession achievements.
“a number of the gamers who’re near me have seen it and have visible some of the things I’ve had to bear,” Woods stated remaining month. “it has been a tough road and one that I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity in order to grind thru.
“I suppose it was a advantageous and i’ve were given a few paintings to do and looking forward to it.”
Woods, a former world number one now ranked 804th, won the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills and returns to the Tulsa, Oklahoma, layout 15 months after a severe car crash that so badly damaged his right leg that he feared it might have to be amputated.
“To go from that to here, we’re excited about the prospects of the future, about training, about getting into that gym and doing some other stuff to get my leg stronger,” Woods said after his final round at the Masters last month.
“We’ll get back after it.”
Woods, 46, fired a 63 in the second round in 2007 at Southern Hills on his way to the title and came back a few weeks ago to see what changes a course renovation had brought since walking a course for four days has become a major stamina test.
“It caused quite a buzz even before he landed,” Southern Hills golf director Cary Cozby told The Golf Channel. “He left here looking like Elvis heading off the stage.”
Southern Hills underwent a major renovation in 2019 with bunkers reshaped and many trees removed.
“He remembered all of the golf course, every club he hit it seemed,” Cozby said. “He seemed to enjoy the changes.”
Augusta National offered one of the tougher walks of any season but Southern Hills has only a couple of major climbs, which should be an easier test as Woods looks to the British Open at St. Andrews in July.
“I have those days where I just don’t want to do anything. It just hurts. It’s those days that are tough,” Woods admitted at Augusta.
“I just have to work through it. In order to get better, you just have to go out there and put in the time.”
Woods had battled through nagging back and knee injuries to win the 2019 Masters for his first major victory in 11 years, only to be faced with his latest setback after a California automobile accident in February 2021.
Players and spectators applauded Woods, a 2022 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, in his comeback effort at the Masters.
“We all have to thank Tiger for where the game is,” four-time major winner Rory McIlroy said.
“Tiger has left more of a mark on this game, I think than anyone else basically in history. We should all be very fortunate that we played at a time that he was around because we’ve all benefited from him.”