A Tiger is purring in the Woods again

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Sport -

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

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