Bahamas, After 72 holes of the Hero World Challenge this week, “ecstatic” is the word that can summarize how he performed in this tournament. It was not an easy thing for Woods; he had to be sidelined for nine months because he had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation for his existing plantar fasciitis. The last time he competed in a tournament was at the Masters last April.
The 2023 Hero Word Challenge itself was won by Scottie Scheffler, who managed to get revenge after only finishing second in the previous season. Wood himself initially had difficulties, but he managed to finish in 18th place with a final score of 288 in Albany. The encouraging thing was that during the tournament, he no longer experienced pain in his legs. He said that even though he was a bit weak mentally, as shown by several drop shots, physically nothing bothered him.
“I’ve come a long way from being a little bit rusty to, like, four days and knocking off a lot of rust, which is great.” Added to that, he said, “And just the physicality of actually playing and competing again; I’ve done this once, so it was nice to get out there with the guys and have some fun and compete, and I wish I would have played a little better, but always nice,” said Woods.
The 15-time major winner made a total of 19 birdies and 15 bogeys. He played mediocre, but his excellent drive helped him. The only downside is the mental calculations, which are an important part of golf.
“I drove it on pretty much a string all week. Granted, these fairways are big. I felt like I had my ball speed up, which was nice, and I was hitting the middle of the face the entire week…what I’ve been working on is right there and maybe just tighten up a little bit”
Woods’ next venture was the PNC Championship. He is set to pair up with his son Charlie for the third time on the show. The father-son duo is looking to take home the trophy after coming close to victory in 2021.