PGA Championship: Tiger Woods able to contend once more after ‘climbing Everest’ in Masters comeback | Golf Information

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Last updated: 05/17/22 19:31

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Tiger Woods admits he had a day off after completing his Masters in April and says he realized his body’s abilities after his car accident in February 2021 that nearly ended his retirement.

Tiger Woods admits he had a day off after completing his Masters in April and says he realized his body’s abilities after his car accident in February 2021 that nearly ended his retirement.

Tiger Woods insists he can fight for a 16th Major title at the PGA Championship this week, five weeks after “climbing Everest” on his competitive return to The Masters.

Woods marked his first appearance in nearly 17 months with a 47th-place finish in the inaugural Men’s Major of the Year, his first top-level event since suffering career-threatening leg injuries in last February’s car crash.

The former world No. 1 admitted the aftermath of his competitive comeback “wasn’t fun” despite taking just a day off before returning to training to prepare for his appearance in Southern Hills.

Tiger Woods played nine holes at Southern Hills on Sunday and another nine holes on Monday before his big return

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Tiger Woods played nine holes at Southern Hills on Sunday and another nine holes on Monday before his big return

Woods, who won the latest of his four PGA championship titles when the event hosted Tulsa in 2007, believes he’ll find it easier to play courses that aren’t as hilly as Augusta National.

“There was a huge lull on Monday [smiling] that was it,” Woods said of his post-masters rehabilitation. “That was it. Monday, it wasn’t fun. It hurts. Ice baths and just trying to get the swelling down. Then it was back to us, leg day on Tuesday, and we just kept going from there.

With Tiger Woods set to compete in the PGA Championship this week, check out highlights from his four previous tournament wins.

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With Tiger Woods set to compete in the PGA Championship this week, check out highlights from his four previous tournament wins.

“I thought the first mountain you climbed was Everest. This is the steepest golf course you will play and this was the first one you climbed. He’ll get flatter and better. But even so, I still have rough days, and things are over It’s not going to be as easy as people might think.

“I feel like I’m doing better. I’ve got more days that are better and more positive. I can practice a little bit longer. I can do activities and things that I was hoping to do and I’ finally can do them.” do.”

Tiger Woods admitted he was disappointed with the absence of defending PGA champion Phil Mickelson from this year's tournament in Tulsa's Southern Hills.

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Tiger Woods admitted he was disappointed with the absence of defending PGA champion Phil Mickelson from this year’s tournament in Tulsa’s Southern Hills.

Woods has been grouped alongside four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy and three-time Major champion Jordan Spieth who can wrap up this week’s career grand slam with a win, with the 46-year-old happy with his physical progress.

“There’s a lot of hardware in there and there will be limitations on what I can do, but I’ll get stronger,” Woods added. “I don’t know how much that is or how much range of motion I’ll ever get back, but it’s definitely a lot better than it was 12 months ago.

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“I didn’t have the stamina [at The Masters] that I wanted. I shouldn’t expect it because I don’t deserve it. I wasn’t out there and I didn’t have the work done, but we were able to put a little more work into it and it will get better with time. It’ll get better over the months.”

When asked about the possibility of competing, Woods added, “I definitely feel like I could. I just have to go out and do it. I have to do my job. Starts Thursday and I will be ready.”

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