TIGER WOODS says he has turn into a ‘ Guinea Pig’, as he tries to realize one thing no participant has ever even tried earlier than – win with a fused again.
The previous world No 1 says he’s in unchartered territory, not understanding what his rebuilt physique is able to, or how arduous he can push himself.
As he ready to tee off on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open at his beloved Torrey Pines, Woods commented: “I don’t also have a swing coach as a result of nobody’s had a spinal fusion at this stage and have the ability to hit the ball as arduous as I do.
“I would like to satisfy someone who can swing it over 120 miles an hour with a fused again. Are you aware anyone? That is what I imply, nobody understands that.
“So I’ve to rely personal my very own feels and mess around with what my physique can and can’t do. It is not going to appear to be it used to, I haven’t got the mobility that I used to and that is simply the truth.
“Now it is only a matter of what can I do, and that is practising, and getting my feels and trusting, experimenting so much to attempt to determine what can this physique do, and the way explosive can or not it’s. I’m nonetheless studying that stuff.”
Woods additionally admitted the operation to fuse two vertebrae collectively in his decrease again was make or break, after three earlier comebacks ended with him doubled up in agony.
He defined: “I attempted all various kinds of remedy on it and I went via each single process that’s nonsurgical previous to getting it fused. I exhausted each single choice, and it simply did not get higher.
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“So the fusion surgical procedure was the one step I had left. It has been powerful. Earlier than this, I did not know when the again was going to exit. You make a few dangerous swings and there it goes.
“I’d be okay and I’d hit one shot and oh, no, there it went and it would not come again. That was irritating, it was arduous and I am glad that is behind me.
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Throughout a career that has brought him 14 Majors and 79 PGA Tour wins, Woods has claimed he only enters events if he feels he can win them. But this time he did his utmost to dampen don expectations.
He added: “I want to get to the stage where I go out there and shoot 65s like it’s easy. There are times when it IS easy to go out there and shoot 65s – I just need to get my game to where it’s like that again.
“A lot of the guys have been playing well. They have been playing a lot and they’re seasoned. I know this is early in the year, but they’re seasoned already and I’m not there yet. I’ll get some tournaments under my belt and keep progressing.”
Woods may not be making any extravagant claims about what he can still achieve, but his fans remains as bullish as ever.
Among the crowd following him during his Pro-Am round yesterday, was a ten year old who remains convinced Woods can still reach his big career goals – beating Jack Nicklaus 18 Majors, and chasing down Sam Snead’s 82 PGA Tour wins.
The youngster from Scottsdale, Arizona carried a poster proclaiming: “Go Tiger, 19 Majors, 82 PGA wins, I believe. Jet Johnson.”
Woods signed it after finishing his round in spectacular fashion, with two 340 yard drives setting up an eagle-bride finish, for a two under par 70. He would love to prove the kid right.
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