NASSAU – Tiger Woods kept everyone guessing at the World of Heroes Challenge with weekend sessions that drew as much attention as the two eagles Viktor Hovland did in his comeback win.
What’s next? Only he knows.
It started two weeks ago with three seconds videotapes about a swing from a short iron and the message, “Progress.” In his first time news conference Since a February car crash in Los Angeles that damaged his right leg, Woods has painted a less optimistic picture.
His response to a question last Tuesday was that his legs and lower back hurt from sitting there. He spoke of his comeback from fusion surgery that culminated in his 2019 Masters win and then the Zozo championship for his record 82nd win on the PGA Tour.
“I don’t see that trend going on with me. I won’t get a chance to exercise because my leg condition has developed. I just don’t,” he said. “I would just have a different way of doing it and that’s okay and I feel at peace with that. I’ve climbed enough times already. “
Later that day, the PGA Tour captured video of Woods hitting a three-tree on the field at Albany. On Friday, he hit very hard. On Saturday, it was rumored that he had a “big barrel”. Woods at the end of the range hit the driver. And then on Sunday – in a red shirt, for the title presentation at the end of the day – he hit the drivers again.
That sparked speculation that Woods could compete next weekend in the PNC Championship alongside his 12-year-old son Charlie. They played last year and by the end Woods hadn’t even hit the tees. His son was at an age of striker development, and while no one knew it at the time, Woods was preparing for his fifth back surgery.
The tournament, which takes place December 18-19 in Orlando, Florida, is holding a spot for him. Vehicles are allowed with the majority of the field consisting of players from the PGA Tour Champions, which would punish the event. As one person close to Woods joked, “Charlie could be the pro on the team.”
No problem. Woods playing will be a remarkable comeback from an injury he says nearly led to amputation. A decision can be made by the end of the week.
USGA LEADERSHIP GUIDE
The United States Golf Association’s nomination committee recommended that Fred Perpall be elected president, which would make him the first Black president in the USGA’s 128-year history.
Stuart Francis is nominated to serve the third and final year of his presidency. The official election took place on February 19 in Carlsbad, California.
Perpall is a native of the Bahamas and lives in Dallas, where the registered architect is the CEO of The Beck Group. He played basketball and track and field at the University of Texas at Arlington and played for the Bahamian national basketball team in 1994.
He’s completing his third year on the USGA executive committee, where he’s chaired the championship committee and served on the amateur status committee.
The World Golf Hall of Fame has confirmed the rollout will take place March 9 during the Players Championship at the new PGA Tour headquarters. The four introduced are Tiger Woods, Susie Maxwell Berning, Tim Finchem and the late Marion Hollins.
To get in the mood, over the weekend, the Hall of Fame opened an exhibition of artifacts and personal belongings from new entrants.
For Woods, that includes his red turtleneck and his player credentials from the 2019 Masters, his fifth win at Augusta and the 15 Major. Also on display is a sign from Woods’ first hole-in-one when he was 6 years old. It was on the 12th hole at Heartwell Golf Park in Long Beach, California.
The plaque includes the golf ball he used: Top-Flite 7.
THAT HOLY HOLY
The World of Heroes Challenge is an elite 20-player arena with a chill and harsh atmosphere in the tropical Bahamas. That doesn’t mean it’s always smooth sailing.
Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson joined the latest rule issue. The par-3 17 tee was moved to the teeing ground used on number 9 for the whole week, and being the first group to start and go through the motions, they started the ninth hole from tee 17. They had to. Play a lot and add two shots to open the scoring.
“I don’t think we’ll be penalized because it’s a charity event,” Spieth said with a grin.
There was no charity the last time at Albany in 2019. Patrick Reed was in an open area and was left on the grass on the par-5 field as he shod sand from the front of the ball. yourself before taking the shot.
That became a penalty after his round for improving his lie. What it doesn’t improve is his reputation. It followed him to Australia for the Presidents Cup and would probably have been extended if it weren’t for the pandemic shutdown.
The year before? Tiger Woods makes a remarkable shot from the base of the bush, right knee on the ground and left knee extended. He doesn’t make much of a backstroke, raising the question of whether he’ll ever pick it up. In high-precision replays, officials determined he didn’t, but he hit the ball twice.
Of course, the oddity didn’t make Albany relegated.
Recall Sherwood about 20 years ago, when two men entered the dressing room during a pre-morning dinner and walked away with equipment, including Woods’ three wedges.
Rich Beem almost interrupted the burglary when the men heard someone coming and started playing pool. Beem joined them, even picking up a wedge and thinking it like a great gift for a loved one. Too bad he didn’t examine it more closely to see “TW” stamped at the bottom.
The men were arrested, but never charged, and the device returned.
It’s the holiday season.
Brooks Koepka feels fit enough to work during a trip to Montana for a short off-season vacation to go skiing, which he describes as one of his passions.
Henrik Stenson is also planning a trip to Montana with his family, to the Swedes naturally.
Who is more likely to get injured?
Stenson laughed at the question of who else was going before making a confession.
He was skiing with his family, walking slowly as he checked on his son, Karl.
“I captured an advantage,” says Stenson.
He fell forward and landed on his ribs, which was not the best feeling. In fact, he says they still hurt during his run through The Players Championship and the Masters.
Matthias Schmid, who played golf at the University of Louisville, won the Sir Henry Cotton Award as rookie of the year during his tour of Europe. He is the first German to win this award since Martin Kaymer 2007. … Justin Thomas is returning to defend his title in the PNC Championship with his father, Mike, a sentence. longtime professional club. … Adam Scott is the latest player to join the U.S. Junior Golf Association to host a juniors event. That will be 78 players selected by the AJGA, the Japan Golf Association and Golf Australia at the Ridge Golf Club in Los Angeles on February 18-21, the same week as the Genesis Invitational in the Riviera. … Four players outside the top 100 at the beginning of the year will end up in the top 50 – Sam Burns, Max Homa, Min Woo Lee and Takumi Kanaya.
STATISTICS OF THE WEEK
Scottie Scheffler has earned 260,625 world ranking points this year, the most of any player who has not won the tournament.
“You’re only as good as your last hole.” – Jordan Spieth, after 76 in his final round in 2021 at the Hero World Challenge with a double bogey and two triple bogey. He finished with a birdie.
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