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Tiger Woods (right) speaks with Patrick Reed (left) on the fourth hole during the Monday practice round of the Hero World golf tournament Challenge in Albany in the Bahamas on November 27. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
NASSAU, Bahamas – For three days, Tiger Woods has whetted the appetite for a hopeful golfing world with some inspiring images. 19659007] On Saturday, videos of his effortless and powerful swing emerged from a round of golf in Florida with President Donald Trump, world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and veteran Tour player Brad Faxon.
On Sunday, more videos came to social networks as Woods, relaxed and painless, played a quick round on the Albany golf course on this paradise island full of palm trees and miles of beaches. He then spent more than an hour doing pirouettes as he prepared for his final return, starting Thursday in the Hero World Challenge.
And on Monday, Woods, 41, returned to Albany with Captain America, Patrick Reed, for nine holes, which followed with a long session at the back of the range and then more putt and chipping.
Reed, who played for the last time with Woods a year ago in the first round of the Hero World Challenge, said that this year is different. This return, he added, could be very different from his aborted return to the game last year, when he only made three starts before finally having his fourth back surgery since 2014, this time a spinal fusion procedure on April 19.
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"The Last time I played with him there seemed to be a bit of hesitation after different shots, like bunker shots, out of the ordinary shots, this time he was completely committed and fully trusting his body so there was no pain, "Reed said. "That's the most important thing for me, if he stays healthy and his body cooperates the way he's supposed to, he'll play golf again, with luck as he used to."
"He had energy in his step. He was in a good mood. I was surprised at how fluid his swing was and how far the ball went. He had some speed behind that. He has always been a little longer than me, but some of those impulses of today, he got it out there. He was hitting the sting here and there, hitting bunker blows, hitting balls out of the rough … there simply was not any hesitation in his body to hit those shots. That is the key. If he stays healthy, we will see Tiger again. "
Woods, who has made only three starts in two years, has not played since February and won the last of his 79 Tour titles in 2013, told reporters Sunday is pain-free for the first time in years and is no longer afraid to take the next step with the fear of triggering a nervous reaction.
On Monday, she said that the rest of her body, in addition to her back, feels very Well, including his left knee surgically repaired, and the big toe of the right foot is back in play.
While throwing one ball after another on the horizon with most of the clubs in his bag, Woods explained that his big toe Now he said, he can move his toe and push completely with his right foot.
Tiger Woods (he is not asleep because of nerve damage. right) and Patrick Reed (left) practice his chip shots on the fourth hole during Monday's practice round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Albany, Bahamas, on November 27. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
The only thing that concerns him is the first round on Thursday.
"Just playing a competitive round is what has to come back to me," Woods said. , the former No. 1 in the world for a record of 683 weeks, which is now ranked number 1,199. "It's the rhythm of playing a competitive round, of playing without being able to throw another ball and hit another shot like I do at home, playing with a scorecard in your hand, competing against the best players in the world."
"No I've done a lot for two years, so it's going to be different. "
But he's already done enough to get his body back in shape and gave him another chance.
" It will take time for him to return to his normal way, "Reed said." A year ago, it seemed like he came back a little early. This time I think he took a little more time and got stronger. From what I saw of him today, as long as his body stands firm, I do not see anything that slows him down. His putt hit looked good, his splintering seemed solid, he hit him long and in both directions. He seemed to have control not only of his swing but of his body.
"With what I saw today, it's going to be rusty, that's going to happen to anyone, there will be big stretches, some stretches that are not so big, but it will solve it somehow, and when it does, I can not wait to see it "