Tiger Woods tempers expectations at PGA Championship

Tiger Woods tempers expectations at PGA Championship
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Body ‘fine’ but ‘I wish my game was sharper’
Written by Cameron Morfit@CMorfitPGATOUR
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sometimes it’s the question, not the answer, that says the most.
Tiger Woods answered 25 questions at his pre-tournament press conference at the rainy PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, and the most interesting of them wasn’t about how the course suited his game. It was about how the course suited his body.
“Well, I wouldn’t say the walk is that difficult,” Woods said of Valhalla, which will be around 7,609 meters. “I know it’s a long walk, it’s a big property. Above all, I stay out of the strict. It’s a great golf course, and if you find yourself in difficult conditions here, yes, things could get a little painful, but if I drive it well and do the things that I need to do and what I I did this 24 years ago, I hope it works.”
The 2000 PGA winner at Valhalla, the surgically repaired Woods is now 48 and only occasionally competes on the PGA TOUR. And when he does, it takes something more to get to the first tee. Woods’ 2024 Grand Slam will be a combination of stretching, massage, chiropractic adjustments and Icy Hot.
“He told me he woke up around 3:45 this morning to get ready for the day,” said Neil Shipley, an amateur who played against Woods in the final round of the Masters last month. “That is to say, I slept about three hours more than him.
He works really hard and is very committed to being there for everyone.
It was the last time we saw Woods in action, and finishing the tournament was a victory of sorts in itself. He shot 73-72-82-77 to finish in 60th place, finishing last among those qualifying. At his press conference on Tuesday, when he said his health was fine and then added: “I wish my game was a little sharper,” he admitted that his body had more or less given up over the weekend. Augusta National. However, he proved in the first two rounds that he is still capable of competing.
“Yeah, I can still shoot,” Woods said at Valhalla. “It’s more about the challenges I face on a daily basis and recovery on training or competition days. You saw it at Augusta. I was there in two days and didn’t do very well this weekend.
Max Homa, who played Woods the first two days of the Masters, agreed.
“Yeah, his golf game was amazing,” said Homa, who finished T3 at the Masters. “The two days we played with him, he hit super hits. If he had done something, he would have been in the lead. Thus, it was hard for him that we had to play in more than 20 holes on the second day. He did not limp too much. Well, I think it has a long shelf life. ”
Woods will be the first to admit that he’s at a very different stage in life than he was in 2000, when he defeated pesky Bob May in a general playoff at Valhalla. Woods, who boasts 82 wins on the PGA Tour, including 15 of his major titles, is the father of golf, a course designer, and a member of the PGA Policy Council. Playing in a major tournament has a different meaning to him now, he said Tuesday.
“I think I appreciate it more now just the fact that I don’t come here as much,” he said. “I don’t play much. I’m at home and it’s silent, so it’s very different to practice the round when there are thousands of people like Augusta.”
When he won here at the turn of the century, when Woods was in the middle of the Tigerslam, he organized four trophy of major championships at the same time. It was the center of the golf world, and friends, such as Erney Els, knew that it would not take much time to ask questions about the forest at their press conference. Today the opposite is true. One of Woods’ most detailed answers on Tuesday concerned No. 1 Scottie Scheffler’s superiority over No. 2 Rory McIlroy. Woods was full of praise for them, calling McIlroy’s finish so beautiful that it was “like a statue,” and offering some advice to his new father, Scheffler (“Get some sleep,” he said).
This is a new life for Tiger, whose children have already grown up. “Yeah, I still feel that I can win golf tournaments,” Woods said. “I still feel I can hit the shots and still feel like I still have my hand around the greens, and I can putt. “We only have to do it for four days, as opposed to just two days at Augusta,” he added.
Cameron Morfitt is a PGA Tour writer. He rodeoed, arm-wrestled, climbed snowmobiles, and played a lot of golf. Follow Cameron Morfitt on Twitter.
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