Tiger Woods talks state of his game, cracks joke about imitating son’s swing
Tiger Woods’ appearances on the PGA Tour of late has been sporadic at best, but he stressed on Wednesday he continues on his quest to rediscover his game and unlock something that will help him once again be in contention in every time he is in a tournament field.
“It’s about peaking at the right time, getting everything organized,” Woods said, via a report from ESPN Senior Golf Writer Bob Harig. “The main thing is I want to be able to start playing well again, be in contention with a chance to win. I was there at Augusta with a chance, I’d like to get there more often and give myself more opportunities to win.”
Woods has only played once since the Masters, where he placed 17th — a respectable finish given it followed his nine-week, so-called leave of absence — finishing tied for 69th at The Players Championship after a one-month layoff following Augusta.
It has been another month since he was in the field at Sawgrass, and after some practice rounds at Chambers Bay — the site of the 2015 U.S. Open — earlier in the week, he participated in the pro-am at Muirfield Village Golf Club ahead of this week’s Memorial Tournament.
“[I’m] a lot more comfortable coming into this week than certainly the Players,” he said. “We had to do some pretty good work going into the Players. But this one’s a little bit easier.”
Given the infrequency of tournament appearances, compounded by his incredible struggles before and after last year’s back surgeries that culminated with what many deemed a case of the yips earlier this season, Woods’ has plummeted to No. 172 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Still, Woods’ game seemingly is on an upward trajectory following it spiraling downward due to injury, among other contributing factors, the 39-year-old nevertheless interjected some gallows humor into his comments regarding the effort required in rediscovering and refining his swing.
Discussing his six-year-old son Charlie’s swing, Woods had this to say: “He’s got some parts in his swing that I’m trying to do. It’s a little frustrating at times.”
In light of the recent upheaval in his personal life due to the breakup with longtime girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, the best place for Woods to be is on the course working on his game and competing in tournaments. After all, he can’t win a tournament for the first time in 22 months if he’s not in one.