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Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 3:20 pm
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As ever, Tiger Woods is keeping ‘em guessing.

Despite the fact that he hasn’t worked with his swing coach in two months, Woods said Thursday night that he will play next week at the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, where he has seven wins.

It stands to reason that he’ll play the following week, too, at the season’s final major, the PGA Championship in suburban Atlanta. The host PGA of America confirmed Friday that Woods has committed to play.

"I'm excited to get back out there," Woods said on his website.

Nobody has a clue what to expect, frankly.

Quite possibly including Woods himself.

Woods hasn’t completed 18 holes since the Masters, when he injured a ligament in his left knee and aggravated an Achilles problem in the same leg. He quit after nine holes at the Players Championship in mid-May, after tweaking the same two injuries.

The last time he played at Firestone, he had his worst four-round finish as a professional, finishing second-to last in the field. A week later, he began working with Orlando swing coach Sean Foley and began a complete overhaul of his swing, the results of which remain decidedly mixed.

Woods' website said Thursday night: "Following the advice of his doctors, Woods has rested and rehabbed his left leg, and just recently began hitting practice balls."

However, Foley said Tuesday told CBSSports.com and the Golf Channel that he hasn’t worked with Woods on the practice range in weeks and had no idea when he planned to return to the tour. With the announcement, the two are set to practice together Friday, where there's certainly much work to be done and rust to shake off.

Woods, now spending much of his time in Jupiter, Fla., has a backyard practice area with several short holes, so it stands to reason that he’s been practicing on his own. Woods hasn’t won on the PGA Tour in 22 months, easily the longest drought of his career, and this week dropped to No. 21 in the world, his lowest ranking since his first full season as a pro in 1997.

That’s not all that’s in transition, if not upheaval. Last week he fired Steve Williams, his loyal caddie and point man for the past 12 years, and according to the Golf Channel, will use boyhood friend and employee Bryon Bell on the bag next week at Firestone. Bell caddied for Woods at the Disney World event almost a decade ago and the two have been friends since junior high and played on the same prep golf team together in Southern California.

Bell, who was directly linked to the never-ending Woods sex scandal by online news reports, is now the head of Woods’ near-dormant golf-course design firm, so he’s likely got plenty of spare time.

Woods hasn’t hit a shot since May 12, when he shot 42 on the front nine of the first round at TPC Sawgrass and walked off the course. Over the past few weeks, Woods insisted that this time, he would not return until his leg had fully healed. Doctors have green-lighted Woods to play, agent Mark Steinberg said.

"Cleared and ready to play next week," Steinberg said in an email Thursday night. "Sean is his coach and no changes."

After years of defying medical advice and causing even more wear and tear on a knee that has seen four surgeries, the 35-year-old decided to take a more prudent tack. As a result, he’s only played in six PGA Tour events this year tournaments. He has played 21 official rounds globally, including a first-round loss at the Accenture Match Play.

What happens next? At this point, it’s hard to say.

Firestone is a hilly track and Woods hurt himself hitting fairly routine golf shots from moderately flat terrain at Augusta National and Sawgrass.

“Feeling fit and ready to tee it up at Firestone next week,” Woods tweeted. “Excited to get back out there!”

With an exclamation point, mind you.

It was now or never, for all practical porposes, as it related to the 2011 season.

Had he not played next week, or at the PGA Championship, his season likely would have been over. He is ranked 133rd in FedEx Cup points and only the top 125 advance to the four FedEx series events, which start two weeks after the PGA.

Unless he moves up the points list over the next two weeks, he won’t be eligible to play in any of the four, including the third leg in the series, the BMW Championship, where he won his last PGA Tour title in September, 2009, a few weeks before his career-derailing scandal began.

Woods finished a distant T29 at the PGA Championship in 2001, the last time it was played at Atlanta Athletic Club. He actually committed to play the season's final major three weeks ago, a PGA of America official said Friday. The commitment deadline for the PGA was July 7.

Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

Just goes to show, don't annoint a player to be the next anybody until they prove it over time. Woods couldn't carry the bag for the likes of Nicklaus, Palmer, Snead, Watson, and many more. 



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:45 am
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all


Why don't all you negative Tiger types find your testicles and a hobby for yourself? Isn't it easy to sit behind a keyboard and continue to criticize?

Sounds as though you have you head up his A$$. 

By the way I have already mowm the yard.



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:42 am
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all


Why all the hate for personal mistakes?


The problem is how you labeled your topic: PERSONAL MISTAKES.

Instead it should be LIFESTYLE of pompous,arrogant,attitude,temper,countless extra-maritial affairs,and god knows what else.

It wasn't just mistakes but a personal lifestyle.

And it all came crashing down after his little accident.  He didn't volunteer to stop this lifestyle.  He was caught and it was forced upon him.

No I don't feel sorry for him.  He has negatively impacted so many lives.

Just go away, anywhere.



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:39 am
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

Why don't all you negative Tiger types find your testicles and a hobby for yourself? Isn't it easy to sit behind a keyboard and continue to criticize? And when you get really proficient at your hobby and discover that it is extremely lucrative - and that women are drawn to you and your lifestyle and your best friend is dying...then ask yourself if you have temptations. Everybody faces different choices and those choices are made under their own circumstances. It isn't up to us to understand them always. I am a student of golf and have always respected the etiquette that separates this sport from so many others - I would like to see Tiger, and a number of others on tour/TV, exhibit more respect for the game and the viewers. But, I would like to see all of the "holier than thou" take their acuity to their own lives instead of constantly hacking away at Tiger's transgressions off the course. Remember, behavior is often a function of opportunities - many of you negative types haven't had the quality and quantity that Tiger faced. Go mow the lawn and give your keyboard a break - mostly, give Tiger a rest from your "insights".



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:26 am
 

Why all the hate for personal mistakes?

There was a very prominent golfer who is now a prolific golf course designer who is rumored to have done pretty much exactly what Tiger did when he was young.  In those days, though, the press figured a golfer's personal business was his personal business.  Now, he would be ruined for it, but then, he was allowed to keep the same icon status he earned on the golf course, and has had a great life.  Hint: it wasn't Jack.



Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:06 am
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

can't wait to see the complete collapse . out of excuses , returing on his time . no excuses , he wiil freak when it all goes south . i'll be watchinh. must see tv . popcorn at the ready.  this will be fun . he built up so much bad karma . may not recovery . will get much much much worse before there is any glimpse of it getting better. well karma debt aside ...... the guy just sux's ! take lessons from a real american TOM LEGEND WATSON .



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:53 am
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

EL TIGRE??.........LMAO.....TRY ......EL HAS BEENO CRAWLING ON THE FAIRWAYS INTO OBLIVION.......HE WILL NEVER WIN AGAIN....WELL.........MAYBE ON THE HOOTERS TOUR



Since: Apr 17, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:40 am
 

i agree with evadzed

i agree with evadzed.  if you listen to tiger woods (especially if he had a bad round) he is very pompous and arrogant.  he thinks every one of his shots should have gone in the cup.  if he would change his attitude (he has admitted he has problems with his temper), this guy would be much better than what he is.  what a poor example.  there are many people out there who would come to his defense and say he is a great golfer but that has absolutely nothing to do with etiquette which golf makes as a priority!



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:34 am
 

PISS ON TIGER WOODS!

WHY DOESN'T THIS GUY JUST GO AWAY.  HE IS ARROGANT.  HE RUINED A FAMILY (REMEMBER.... THERE ARE KIDS INVOLVED), USES PROFANITY ON A REGULAR BASIS (THE MICROPHONES PICK EVERYTHING UP), HAS A TEMPER PROBLEM (I'VE SEEN HIM THROW CLUBS SEVERAL TIMES) AND HE THINKS HE IS IT.   HE IS NOT BIGGER THAN THE GAME AND IT WAS PURE JOY TO BE ABLE TO WATCH THE BRITISH OPEN WITHOUT HIM IN IT.   WOODS SHOULD TAKE A LESSON FROM TOM WATSON ON HOW TO BE A MAN!



Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all


Tiger is a pretty intelligent guy and has probably figures no one knows than him about his swing.


Maybe you should rephrase that.  This is a guy that hasn't been able to win a tournament ever since his wife chased him with a golf club before he had the mishap in  his vehicle.  That wasn't exactly the most intelligent thing he could have ever done.


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