Tiger Woods is ‘back,’ no pun intended. The 14 time Major winner tees off Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, which benefits his foundation. The event was previously contested in California at Sherwood Country Club, but heads east this year to Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Florida. It’s the first time Woods’ has played competitively since missing the cut at the PGA Championship back in August.
“I feel great,” Woods said in an appearance on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. “I feel really, really good. It’s great to be back out here competing again. I’ve missed it quite a bit.”
But will Tiger ever regain his top form after yet another injury? Woods played just eight times worldwide in 2014 after undergoing surgery to alleviate a disk issue, forcing him to miss the Masters and the U.S. Open. He then shut it down for several months after missing the cut at the PGA Championship following another back issue, and then said he would take more time off to get stronger. According to Tiger, the answer is yes.
“I’m excited that I have this much time off to obviously heal and get stronger and get my game in order for next year,” said Woods, whose season was halted by March 31 back surgery and another back injury in August. “I went through a period there for the last year, year and a half, where I didn’t really practice that much.”
Whether or not Woods is healthy again remains to be seen. He has stated repeatedly the goal is to still catch Jack Nicklaus and his 18 career Major championships. Only time will tell if Tiger is ready to roar again.