Despite completing four rounds in relative comfort, Tiger Woods’ appearances will continue to be fleeting and he is unsure whether he will tee it up again before the Masters in April.
Woods completed 72 holes of competitive golf at the Genesis Invitational for the first time since the 2022 Masters and despite some very encouraging signs like leaning on his right leg to pick the ball out of the hole, he was quick to quash any speculation over his next appearance by stating his body will only allow him to play the four majors and perhaps one or two more events.
“Well I am sure you will see me in some place. Competitively I don’t know,” said Woods who carded rounds of 69, 74, 67 and 73.
“Here’s the deal: Like I told you guys last year, I’m not going to play any more than probably the majors and maybe a couple more. That’s it, that’s all my body will allow me to do. My back the way it is, all the surgeries I had on my back, my leg the way it is, I just can’t. That’s just going to be my future.
“So my intent last year was to play in all four majors, I got three of the four. Hopefully this year I can get all four and maybe sprinkle in a few here and there. But that’s it for the rest of my career. I know that and I understand that. That’s just my reality.”
The fifteen-time major champion was delighted to get four rounds in at Riviera and revealed his extremely intense post round recovery process.
“Yeah, it means a lot. It’s progress, headed in the right direction, yes. It certainly was a little bit more difficult than I probably let on. My team has been fantastic in getting my body recovered day to day and getting me ready to play each and every day.
“That’s the hard part that I can’t simulate at home. Even if I played four days at home, it’s not the same as adrenaline, it’s not the same as the system being ramped up like that, the intensity, just the focus that it takes to play at this level. No matter how much — I’m very good at simulating that at home, but it’s just not the same as being out here and doing it.”
“Yeah, I pretty much lay in ice pretty much all night. It’s not fun, very cold all the time. And then treatment, then getting muscles activated and go back and hop in the cold again. The ebb and flow of that, it’s hard. It’s hard mentally, it’s hard physically.”
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