Woods: "I've sat out long enough"

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Tiger Woods’ busiest stretch in three and a half years begins this week at Torrey Pines.

And not even Woods knows what to expect.

“My body is in a pretty good state where I feel like I can handle that workload,” he said Monday at media day for the Genesis Open, which his foundation now hosts, “but I’ve still got to go out there and do it.”

The reason for his uneasiness: After a pair of back surgeries, Woods has played only one tournament in the past 17 months. That was seven weeks ago, at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished 15th out of 17 players. Since then, Woods said he has played four or five times a week at home in anticipation of this opening stretch

On his schedule are four starts in the next five weeks – the most he’s played since the fall of 2013 – beginning this week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he has won eight times as a pro. After that, it’s a trip 12 time zones away to Dubai, then a week off, followed by back-to-back tournaments at Riviera and PGA National.

Which begs the question: Is it too much golf, especially with the international and cross-country travel?

“That is a concern, no doubt about it,” he said, “but I’m also looking forward to it. I’ve sat out long enough.”

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 24 Jan 2017 12:49:13



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