Although most of the world was taken aback Wednesday morning with the announce of a Tiger Woods return date, Jason Day was not.
Day and Woods have been friends for a while now, which is one of the reasons why he was not surprised when Woods announced his possible comeback.
“I knew that he was close to coming back and we chatted a little bit,” Day said at the BMW Championship Wednesday. “I don’t try and get into too much schedule stuff with him, but we chatted a bit and he felt like he was pretty positive with how the progression was going with his body and he felt like he was starting to make the turn with it and obviously if we’re going to see him three times in the fall, that it means that his body’s in good shape.”
Even though Day is supportive of his friend’s return to the game, he is also aware of the difficulty in the task of rejoining competitive golf.
“I think the hardest thing for him is just to try and get the rust out and really get back to game ready sharpness, which is obviously a difficult thing to do,” Day said.
“Although we’re expecting big things from him, I don’t expect too much from him. Even though he is Tiger Woods.”
This time around it may be TWoods that needs a pep talk before a tournament.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him play again, seeing what the state of his game is,” Day added. “There’s been a couple of times where I feel like he may have come back too soon and kind of injured himself a little bit more and that’s what’s kept him out of the game so long.
“But there’s probably a lot of anticipation to see how the state of his game is and I’m definitely looking forward to watching those tournaments and seeing how his body holds up and how the mental side and obviously the golf side of things hold up as well.”
He’s not wrong. There is a lot of pressure on Tiger to return to the top where he left off but that doesn’t seem very reasonable. He’s been out an entire season and there’s only so many ways to prepare for real life competition.
His presence alone will be enough to bring back old fans and catapult the world of golf into an excited frenzy. When it comes down to it, we need to have the same outlook as Jason Day. Be supportive but don’t expect too much.