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Woods said to be ‘crazy good’

Ten months after accident, Tiger ready for return

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The father of Justin Thomas got the first look at Tiger Woods playing a round of golf since his car crash 10 months ago and saw more than he expected.

“It’s crazy how good he’s hitting — and far he’s hitting — for what he’s been through,” Mike Thomas said Thursday at the PNC Championsh­ip. “It’s impressive where he’s at.”

Next up for Woods is playing in front of an audience.

It’s one thing for the 15-time major champion to play with 12-year-old son Charlie, with Mike Thomas along for the ride, last week near his home in south Florida. It’s another to tee it up in front of thousands of spectators and on network TV.

Only 10 months ago, Woods shattered bones in his right leg, ankle and foot when the SUV he was driving along a winding suburban road in Los Angeles crashed through a median and down a hill. Woods was immobilize­d for three months in a makeshift hospital bed in his house.

He went from crutches to slowly walking. He was hitting balls on the back end of the range at Albany during his Hero World Challenge two weeks ago in the Bahamas.

And while the PNC Championsh­ip — 20 teams of parents and children, one of them a major champion or Players Championsh­ip winner — is a family affair, the

 ?? AP PHOTO ?? Tiger Woods, second from left, and his son Charlie, right, walk with Justin Thomas, second from right, and his father Mike Thomas during the first round of the PNC Championsh­ip last December.
AP PHOTO Tiger Woods, second from left, and his son Charlie, right, walk with Justin Thomas, second from right, and his father Mike Thomas during the first round of the PNC Championsh­ip last December.

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