Tiger Woods will next take aim at a 16th Major title after confirming he would miss this week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude.
Woods reappeared for the first time in five months at the Jack Nicklaus hosted Memorial Tournament a fortnight ago where he banked a much-needed four rounds at Muirfield Village.
After making it 18 from 18 in cuts made at the event, Tiger confessed; “I don’t have the same type of stamina as I used to have, that’s four sure, when I was training hard and running and all that stuff.
“Granted, I’m a lot older now, so things change, they evolve. Yeah, so it is what it is. Energy, you try to suck it up as best you can and get through it.
“Ageing is not fun. Early on in my career I thought it was fantastic because I was getting better and better and better, and now I’m just trying to hold on.”
That process has seen Woods rest-up this week in order to best prepare for the first Major of the year, albeit with just one competitive tournament under his belt ahead of TPC Harding Park.
“Disappointed to miss the @WGCFedEx but doing what I think it best to prepare me for the @PGAChampionship and upcoming FedExCup Playoffs,” Woods tweeted.
The four-time PGA champ finds himself in 42nd on the FedEx Cup standings and asked what he’d be working on following rounds of 71/76/71/76 for his top-40 finish at Muirfield Village, Woods had no doubts:
“Well, I think I need to work on my putting a bit and clean that up,” he said. “But as far as my swing, it felt good. I was able to hit good shots. Friday was a bit off physically, but overall for my first week back, it was a lot, a lot of positives.”