PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The final we saw of Tiger Woods during a Champions Course during PGA National Resort and Spa, he was walking cautiously to his automobile after withdrawing after 13 holes in a final turn of a 2014 Honda Classic due to behind spasms.
Despite a windswept lane featuring H2O on 15 of 18 holes, skinny fairways and penalizing bunkers and rough, Woods pronounced he’s missed a aged place brazen of Thursday’s start of a latest using of a Honda Classic.
“It’s been a while given I’ve played this eventuality and I’m unequivocally looking brazen to it,” pronounced Woods, who lives a brief expostulate divided in Jupiter. “It’s good to be home and sleeping in my possess bed.”
Woods also is removing some-more gentle with a final of a PGA Tour in his latest quip from a prolonged layoff. While he was behind in his possess bed final Saturday after blank a cut by 4 shots in final week’s Genesis Open north of Los Angeles, his latest test, however disappointing, wasn’t a sum washout.
“I’m starting to get that feeling again of personification contest golf, where we know any and any shot counts,” Woods pronounced Wednesday after his pro-am round. “I’m looking during where we need to putt a golf ball. I’m looking during forecasts. Before, you’re during home, who cares where a breeze is entrance from; who cares what a foresee is a subsequent integrate days. But now, personification contest golf, I’m starting to get into that upsurge again.
“I missed it, and it’s apropos informed again.”
Trouble is, Woods has been blank distant too many shots given he returned to rival golf after a year of liberation following spinal alloy surgery, a fourth surgical procession on his behind given 2014.
He’s gradual his expectations, generally deliberation a extensive absence. But he has still approaching some-more from himself in his dual PGA Tour starts this year — a tie for 23rd in a Farmers Insurance Open in Jan and a missed cut final week. The leader of 14 majors and 79 Tour titles has been sad with a driver, attack only 30 of 84 fairways in regulation, and haphazard with his irons, attack only 58 of 108 greens in regulation. And final week, his dabble let him down — he took 32 putts, including 3 three-putts, in his second round.
Patience, for now, is his 15th bar as he continues to learn what he can and can’t do with his new body, all a while his eye on Apr and a Masters, a initial vital championship of a season.
“I’m so happy I’m not in pain anymore, though I’m fused, so it’s a small bit different,” he said. “I’m still training what that feels like underneath a gun. Some of my shots, they are not a same as they used to be. That part, I’m going to have to learn. It’s not something that I’m used to since I’ve never felt like this before, though this is a new norm.”
Thus, with any swing, any hole, any round, Woods is building toward a Masters. The Honda Classic, with a perfectionist march and severe margin including fortifying champion Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, offers a unrelenting subsequent step for Woods. But he pronounced he’s not feeling rushed in his lapse to a diversion and tour to Magnolia Lane.
“I’m only training how to play contest golf again, and unfortunately I’ve done some of my mistakes, and that’s only partial of it,” he said. “As distant as catch-up mode for a Masters, no, we don’t feel like we am. we know many of a guys have been personification contest golf a lot some-more than we have. As we said, I’m looking brazen to April, perplexing to get my diversion plain for April.
“I’ve got some work to do.”
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