Fourteen time major champion Tiger Woods has not played a competitive round since the end of last summer and undergoing back surgery in early fall. Woods has been saying that he is “progressing” but that the former world number one has “no timetable” for his return. In February the golfer posted a twitter video of himself hitting a shot on a simulator that hushed retirement rumors and during this year’s Master’s he was reported to have been hitting shots “full speed” on the driving range of his home club in Florida. Just recently Woods gave a junior clinic in which he demonstrated a full range of shots in South Carolina. The clinic demonstration has suggested to some analysts that he may return in two to three weeks as Woods also played five holes on his new course, Bluejack National, after the clinic. Further fueling anticipation is the fact that Woods has registered to play in this year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont in June, -register for a tournament being something he has not done since last year. Woods may opt not to play despite registering, but golf fans can and should expect the champ at the U.S. Open and more than likely sooner. If Woods decides he is ready to play in two weeks at the Wells Fargo Championship and the prestigious Player’s Championship, he has until Friday 5pm to notify tournament officials of his commitment to play and the following Friday if he chooses to play in the Player’s Championship. Woods might not return to the PGA tour just yet, but analysts are predicting that certainly sometime before the U.S. Open the champ will play a few events to get back into a competitive mindset, perhaps by Memorial Day Weekend when Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament is held at Muirfield Village in Ohio.
Published by Ville Iso-Ahola