Much has changed in just the five months since Tiger Woods last teed-up in a full PGA Tour event.
Not only has the world had to face dealing with a deadly pandemic but around the globe we’ve seen remarkable, and sometimes shocking and disturbing, images in the wake of the death of George Floyd on a suburban Minneapolis street.
Tiger Woods found himself asked about the Black Lives Matter ahead of this week’s Jack Nicklaus hosted Memorial, an event Woods has won on five occasions.
“I think change is fantastic,” said Woods.
“As long as we make changes without hurting the innocent, and unfortunately that has happened, hopefully it doesn’t happen in the future, but a movement and change is fantastic. That’s how society develops. That’s how we grow. That’s how we move forward. That’s how we have fairness.
“Unfortunately, we’ve lost innocent lives along the way, and hopefully we don’t lose any more in the future as we move to a much better place socially.”
Woods has used the five months he’s been away from the Tour to spend more time with his daughter and son, playing serious tennis for the first time in nearly 20-years, and also reading.
“Well, there’s a lot of things that I hadn’t done in a long time, and one was sport-wise and physically is that we were playing quite a bit of tennis,” he said.
“That was very different and something I hadn’t done in a very long period of time because I hadn’t been able to do it physically. The kids enjoyed it. We were able to do that in the backyard.
“Again, at the time to have the social distancing and be away from one another, from each other, soccer has been gone, as I’ve said, for us we’ve been lucky enough to have Medalist open and been able to play and practice social distancing and still enjoy being active and being outside.
“But as far as a lot of things inside the house, well, watched a lot of TV, read a lot of books and just tried to pass the time.
So, Tiger? What have you been reading?
“One of my favourite authors, Dean Koontz, California guy, horror novels. So I read a few of those,” he said.