Tiger Woods has officially arrived at Southern Hills. Woods made his return to competitive golfing last month at the Masters, post suffering severe injuries to both legs in a single-car accident in February 2021. While Woods never did make a formal announcement about his intention to play in this week’s PGA Championship, he did make an early scouting trip to Southern Hills and his name did appear in each field list that was released by the PGA of America.
Woods is currently on the grounds that is the site of his 2007 PGA Championship triumph, which marked his 13th of the 15th major championship. “I’ve gotten a lot stronger since the Masters,” Woods told news sources as he was on the front nine at Southern Hills on Sunday, hovering around and above 90 degrees. “We went back to work on Tuesday after the Masters. Monday was awful; I did nothing and Tuesday was leg day”.
‘Everything is better”
According to reports from news sources, Woods spent considerable focus on and around the greens during his practice session. Southern Hill’s contoured complexes are expected to sternly test the PGA Championship field. The course underwent dramatic renovations by Gil Hanse since the last time it hosted the PGA Tour was 15 years ago. “We went right back after it. Everything is better,” Woods said.
Woods played the front nine at Southern Hills on Sunday. He was also joined by Gary Woodland at no.5. Caddie Joe LaCava was interviewed by reporters and gave his opinion about Woods’s performance. “Hundred percent I see him stronger. I just think the endurance is there now. I don’t think he’s getting quite tired as quickly.”
He continued, “Other than the fact that he won here in 2007, I think it’s the stamina and the endurance thing that excites him the most”. Fans of the American golfer were thrilled with the opening-round 71 in his competitive return at the Masters, his first round on Tour since the November 2020 Masters. “Am I ever going to have full mobility? No. Never again, but I’ll be able to get stronger. It’s going to ache, but that’s the way it’s going to be.”