Tiger Woods has been getting ready for this week’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club, where he will be looking for the 16th major win of his career.
Woods made a lighthearted complaint about the additional 500 yards added to the course since he won the tournament at Southern Hills in 2007. At that time, Woods fired 63 in the second round.
It was his lowest score ever in a major championship. The 46-year-old then somewhat negated any idea that the additional length may be a hindrance by piping a drive down the second hole. This was a pretty convincing performance.
Tiger Woods feels that when he tees off in the PGA Championship, he will be in a better situation physically than when he participated in the Masters to herald his return to professional golf. The Masters served as a milestone in Woods’ return to the game of competitive golf.
The 15-time major winner confounded expectations by shooting a one-under-par score in the first round of the Masters last month. This left him four strokes behind Sungjae Im, who was leading the event at the time. It was more than enough to make fans wonder whether they’d get to see the icon.
Woods’s performance slowly deteriorated, and he eventually finished 47th at 13 strokes over par. This was to be anticipated because the 46-year-old golfer hadn’t competed on the PGA Tour since the catastrophic automobile accident he was involved in back in February 2021.
“It’s only going to keep getting stronger,” Tiger Woods said, “The more I use it, the more strength it gains. Am I ever going to have full mobility? No. Never again. But I’ll be able to get stronger. It’s going to ache, but that’s how it’s going to be.”
He also said, “I’ve gotten a lot stronger since the Masters.”
In the immediate wake of the accident, it wasn’t apparent if he’d be able to continue his career in any capacity, so it was a pleasant surprise to see him cut.