Tiger looking to put injury hell behind him in 2023

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Tiger Woods (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods admits the last two years of his life have been incredibly testing as he continues to recover from a shattered leg following a life-threatening car accident in February 2021 but is fully focused on putting in a huge effort to recover over the winter.

Woods played in just three tournaments the Masters, PGA Championship and Open Championship – withdrawing from the PGA Championship and missing the cut at St Andrews – and he is making his first competitive appearance since July in this weekend’s PNC Championship alongside his son Charlie (13).

The pair are thirteen-under-par and two behind Team Thomas but Tiger certainly rolled back the years with some shots in Saturday’s 59 including a chip in eagle on the par-5 5th which brought a lively fist pump from the 15-time major champion who showed he still has the appetite to compete.

“I’ve had a frustrating couple years, but again, to be able to be a part of this game and to be able to do this, I’ve missed being able to compete and play.

“But as I said at the beginning of the year, or through the year, I was hoping to maybe get one major out of this thing and now I’ve got three majors, I’m able to play with my son.

“It’s been just incredible year all around.”

Amazingly Tiger’s latest injury setback is quite a common one for us mere mortals, plantar fasciitis. The heel condition forced him to withdraw from his own Hero World Challenge a fortnight ago and he has been using a cart this week as he did in ‘The Match’ vs Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

Tiger admitted pre-tournament that it was worth jeopardising his own recovery to play alongside his son this week but once the final putt goes in on Sunday night he will be putting a mammoth effort in to ensure he plays in all four major championships next year and maybe a couple of PGA Tour events.

“I can hit the golf ball. I just have a tougher time getting from Point A to Point B. Hopefully after starting Monday, we’ll kind of try and fix this thing and get it healed up.

“But between now and Monday, we’ve got a little work to do.”

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