A Tiger is purring in the Woods again
A DECADE ago, Tiger Woods would not have been happy to finish tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines but after the injury woes he has endured in recent years, the former world No 1 could not have been more delighted with his latest performance.
Aged 42, Woods is unlikely to reach the dizzy heights he achieved in his 19972008 glory days, when he won 14 Majors.
But at the Farmers Insurance Open he showed a doubting audience his short game and creativity are still intact.
Woods still knows how to get the ball into the hole even when his driver is not a model of consistency. More importantly, he came through 72 holes on a tough course without any obvious signs of physical discomfort.
It was a far cry from 12 months ago when, in obvious pain, he gingerly completed 36 holes at the same venue.
The spinal fusion surgery he had last April to alleviate pain in his back and leg seems to have had the desired result. It is a serious procedure with no guarantee of success, but the gamble has paid off as he looks to resurrect his career.
Finishing joint 23rd on Sunday out of a field of 156 in only his second start since the surgery – the other being at last month’s unofficial Hero World Challenge – proved that he is determined to make the comeback count.
His driving was ordinary but former British Open champion Ian BakerFinch said it was not as bad as it might have seemed to some.
“Driving is certainly in need of improvement but not as bad as stats show,” BakerFinch, who was part of the CBS commentary team at Torrey Pines, said.
“Tiger will miss on the side of the fairway with least trouble on difficult driving holes. It’s all about the score.” – Reuters