Call me a doubting Thomas but I have had more than a chip on my shoulder in believing Tiger Woods will make a grand rejuvenation in his golfing career. In his press conference today, the legendary sportsman declared that he was ready to make a comeback.
Woods has been absent from golf for the past 3 months after an injury forced him off the course. Now however Woods has revealed that he had been under physical therapy for the past couple of months alongside routine practices. Woods further stated that he had regained his confidence and explosiveness and therefore was ready to make a return to the PGA Tour.
Reporters witnessed Woods practicing at Firestone and, according to them, they didn’t see him limp on his 9-hole game. However, in his absence, the former World No.1 has now slipped to the 28th position. This is after Woods' medical staff confirmed the veteran had succumbed to a knee and Achilles tendon injury. The injuries originally occurred at the Masters in April however it wasn’t until mid-May that Woods realized it was impossible to continue as he limped off the course.
Woods declared that he had recovered from the injury now and was ready to continue to his career. He stated, “I’m good to go. The docs gave me the clearance, so here I am. I started practicing a couple of weeks ago, which was nice, and I was close to playing last week, but again the doctors advised me that maybe I should take another week.” He added, “I started pushing it pretty hard (in training) and I feel good now.”
Woods was last in action at the Players Championship. However, since the beginning of the event Woods was uncomfortable. From the first tee till the outward half in a six-over-par 42 Woods was seen struggling. He finally decided to withdraw from the tournament without further tarnishing his career.
Now, Woods has been without a major for almost 3 years. In addition to that, his last victory came in a tournament in November 2009. Woods will be making his return to a place of great memories. If Woods starts reminiscing he would remember that at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational’s Akron course he has won 7 out of 9 times and when he didn’t win he was able to record a 2nd and 4th finish. Last year however, luck and fate had completely deserted the player.
Woods ended the competition with a dreadful joint 78th out of 80 on 18 over par. Woods partly blamed the result on the crisis in his personal life. Woods was caught in a multi-million dollar divorce that completely ruined his concentration.
According to reports Woods is set with fire and fuel to reignite his career. He has even fired his old caddie Steve Williams. Sources have revealed that Williams worked for Australian Adam Scott without Woods’ permission. Williams had helped Woods secure 13 of his 14 majors.
In his press conference Woods also commented on the Williams issue. He explained, “I felt it was time for a change. Stevie and I had an amazing run - he has helped my career and I've helped his - but I felt very comfortable with the move.”
Woods also informed that he was going to replace Williams with Bryon Bell, an old friend of his on a temporary basis. Woods also told that he had not made any decisions of who will carry his bag in the long run as yet.
Woods stated, “Bryon and I go way back and we are very comfortable on the course. I don’t have a permanent caddie and we will see going forward.” Woods also confided that he had the tough conversation with Woods face to face, “It was a tough conversation, but we said what we needed to say.”