TULSA, Oklahoma – As Tiger Woods prepares to attempt to win his fifth PGA Championship this week, he stated his surgically repaired proper leg is stronger than it was on the Masters 5 weeks in the past, when he struggled to climb the sloping hills of Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership, some of the demanding walks in golf.
Woods, 46, performed his second nine-hole follow spherical at Southern Hills Nation Membership on Monday, after enjoying the entrance 9 on Sunday. His final victory within the PGA Championship occurred at Southern Hills in 2007.
“It’s solely going to maintain getting stronger,” Woods instructed reporters on Sunday. “The extra I exploit it, the extra power it good points. Am I ever going to have full mobility? No. By no means once more. However I’ll be capable of get stronger. It’s going to ache, however that’s the best way it’s going to be.”
Woods, a 15-time main champion, flew to Tulsa in late April for a follow spherical. Southern Hills underwent an $11 million renovation by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner in 2018. Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, flew to Florida final week to work with him.
Woods struggled in his return to aggressive golf on the Masters, the primary time he had performed in a daily tour occasion since he was critically injured in a automotive wreck outdoors Los Angeles in February 2021. He made the minimize at Augusta Nationwide, and completed forty seventh after taking pictures 6-over 78 in every of the final two rounds, his worst scores on the Masters. He admitted he was in ache after his rounds on the weekend.
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With a victory on the PGA Championship, Woods would grow to be the PGA Tour’s winningest golfer with 83 profession victories.
“I’m enthusiastic about (the week),” Woods stated. “I’m not going to play that a lot going ahead so anytime I do play, it’s going to be enjoyable to play and to compete. There are solely so many cash video games you may play at residence.”