Is Tiger Woods ready to play, more than a year after back surgery?

15th Aug 2015

Qualifying for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs and winning for the first time in more than two years are unfortunately, two topics that Tiger Woods isn’t ready to discuss.

The four-time PGA Championship winner has considerable work to do in order to qualify for the playoffs, and those immediate goals are not his focus this week at Whistling Straits.

Woods, who has played just nine events this year said, “I’m just trying to get my game better for years to come.” As of late, his best finishes were 17th at the Masters and a tie for 18th two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.

The last time Woods was a contender at any tournament was in 2014 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship; his last event before back surgery.

Woods added, “If you would have asked me right after I had my back surgery last year, what does your career look like, I didn’t really have much of an answer. I was hoping to get back out there. Now I’m back out here and at a level I can practice and play again. But also I have a totally different swing.”

Unfortunately for Woods, he has fallen to 278th in the world, having starting out at 32nd at the beginning of the year. Woods said, “It was like the perfect storm of a surgery, rehabbing and then trying to learn a whole new pattern; it couldn’t have been more complicated.”

While Woods’ ranking is at an all time low, he said he is not concerned about his spot in the world rankings.

We commend Tiger for his positive outlook as he states, “I know I’m in the 200s somewhere, but as far as paying attention to it, no. I’m just trying to get better. I’m just trying to get up there where I can win tournaments, get my game organized so I can be consistent on the tournament basis where I’m going to give myself a chance to win each and every event I play in.”

We’ll look forward to seeing Tiger Woods progress in the meantime.