Competing at this week’s PGA Championship, qualifying for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs and winning a tournament for the first time in over two years – these are all subjects hardly mentioned by Tiger Woods at a press conference on Tuesday.
Woods, who has played in only nine tournaments this season, has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to qualify for the playoffs. However, the four-time PGA Championship winner says these goals are not on his mind this week at Whistling Straits.
“I’m just trying to get my game better for years to come,” Woods said.
This admission may seem surprising, but it is completely understandable given his recent lack of success. Woods’ best performances of 2015 were a T17 finish at the Masters, and T18 at the Quicken Loans National a fortnight ago. During the latter event, Tiger remained in the top five for two rounds, only three strokes from the lead, before falling out of contention with a third-round 74.
The last time Woods was a Sunday contender was at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship, the last event he played before undergoing back surgery.
“If you would have asked me right after I had my back surgery last year, what does your career look like, I didn’t really have much of an answer,” Woods said. “I was hoping to get back out here. Now I’m back out here at a level I can practice and play again. But also I have a totally different new swing.”
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