What Tiger Woods did to roar once again at a world golf event

Tiger Woods has been sidelined for 15 months due to back-related issues. He planned to return at last month’s PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in California but withdrew three days before the opening round, saying his game was not sharp enough

other sports Updated: Nov 30, 2016 19:09 IST
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Tiger Woods drives during a practice round ahead of this week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas(Hindustan Times)

Tiger Woods should know a thing or two about winning -- he has 14 Majors and 79 PGA title. So, when Tiger Woods says something, he gives it a whole different meaning.

Getting ready for the Hero World Challenge, his first competitive round in 15 months, Woods said, “Winning is an evolution, It’s going from at home on the range and then going out on my home course and then going into a tournament setting and then eventually on the back nine of an event trying to win it, and then the ultimate is a major championship and then the back nine of a major is a totally different animal. So it’s a process.”

To get those inputs Woods has also reached out to many friends who are legends like himself -- Derek Jeter (baseball), Kobe Bryant (basketball) and Tim Duncan (basketball).

Woods said, “I want to do this (golf) as long as I can, as long as the body will allow me to. I was talking to some of the guys, with Jetes (Jeter). Jetes, myself, Kobe and Tim all came in at the same time, around ‘96 or ‘97.

Tiger Woods has been sidelined for 15 months due to back-related issues. (Reuters)

“In those sports if you lose a little bit, you’re going to probably be replaced. Same with Peyton (Manning, the football quarterback).” They are all retired now. “But in golf I can play a different way and get away with it.”

Woods is working on new equipment, ensuring distance, and adapting to new technology. He wants a shorter schedule to keep his body fit.

But, he still loves the adrenaline and camaraderie. He jokes and ribs colleagues like he did at the dinner hosted by Olympic golf gold medallist Justin Rose, who has made Bahamas his home. Rose, who played with Woods, is convinced that he is on the right track.

Tiger still wants to win, but knows he has to take a different route. And the new Tiger is ready.

First Published: Nov 30, 2016 18:44 IST