Tiger Woods remains confident of being able to win again on the PGA Tour, but says “putting it all together” for 72 holes will be “challenging”.
The golf icon will only play one event each month next year as he continues to recover from a leg injury suffered in a car crash in 2021.
Team Woods – Tiger and his 14-year-old son Charlie – came fifth at the past weekend’s 36-hole PNC Championship father-son event in Florida, after finishing as runners-up in 2021 behind winners John Daly and John Daly II.
Last year the Woods duo came eighth.
Woods, who hit an impressive 61 in the final round at the tournament in Orlando, last tasted success on the Tour at the 2019 Zozo Championship in Japan.
He told reporters: “If I’m able to practise and do the things I know I can do, and prepare, I know I can still do it.
“I can still hit the golf ball. It’s just a matter of prepping, getting enough reps in and the work to be right physically, and the endurance capability of it.
“I haven’t had the leg good enough where I’ve been able to compete and play a lot of rounds.
“I can still hit the golf ball. I can still chip. I can still putt.
“Granted it’s also putting it all together for 72 holes. That’s the challenging part of it.”
It has been a long and arduous road back to action for Woods, who has struggled for consistent time on the course since his accident in February 2021.
Competing at the PNC Championship over the weekend was made easier given Woods was able to use a golf cart – something which is not permitted on the PGA Tour.
“A lot of things are aching a lot more than my ankle, which is the way it goes,” Woods explained.
“We’ve been working out hard, been able to recover. We’ve been training every day, which is great.
“It’s been nice to knock off a lot of the rust and some of the doubt that I’ve had because, quite frankly, I haven’t hit a shot that counted in a long time.”
The 15-time major champion also had his 16-year-old daughter Sam as a caddy at the event, and expressed his pride to have his children close by.
“To have both my kids out there the last two days has been so special,” Woods added.
“Just grateful for us to be able to have these types of experiences.”
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