Pain-free Tiger sees little risk in return

June 25, 2014 - 2:33:35 pm

BETHESDA: Tiger Woods says he is feeling as well as he has in two years and sees little re-injury risk this week despite a comeback that is well ahead of schedule.

The 14-time major champion, sidelined for three months following back surgery to ease a pinched nerve, returns to competition today at the $6.5 million US PGA National.

“I’m actually probably ahead of schedule, where everyone thought I would be at,” Woods said.

“We all thought the British Open would be my first event back, but I healed fast.”

The event at Congressional Country Club benefits Woods’ charity foundation and he said yesterday that factor played a role in his decision to return this week rather than wait three more weeks for the British Open, his original target goal.

“If this wasn’t the foundation and our impact that we can have with kids, I probably would not (have played),” said Woods. “I healed extremely fast, thanks to my physios and all my nutrition and all the different things that we did.”

Woods confirmed that he does plan to play in the British Open next month at Royal Liverpool, where he won the Claret Jug in 2006, and intends to be in the hunt for his first title in 13 months this week at Congressional.

“Expectations don’t change. That’s the ultimate goal,” Woods said. “It’s just that it’s going to be a little bit harder this time. I just haven’t had the amount of prep and reps (preparation and repetitions) that I would like, but I’m good enough to play and I’m going to give it a go,” he said.  AFP