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Tiger buoyed by Bahamas performance

 

 

Tiger Woods was buoyed by his comeback performance at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas last week, but he is not going to get carried away and "play too much" when he attempts to re-establish himself next year as one of the sports leading exponents.

The 41-year-old finished in a very respectable 9th place among 18 of the World's finest golfers and was delighted that he had felt no pain from the back injury that needed surgery for a third time 10 months ago and which had since kept him sidelined until last week.

Talking to the media about his plans for the future after closing with a very respectable, 4-under 68 on Sunday, Woods said: "I think we’re going to sit down here and we're going to figure out what’s the best way to build my schedule for the major championships; what my training cycles are going to be and to play enough, but not to play too much." 

Woods' driving and putting were pretty much on a par with the best in the Bahamas and the only worrying factor he might have taken away will almost certainly have been about his ineffective chipping 

"I really drove it well and I really putted well. I know I had one day where I didn't have speed on the greens, but I hit a lot of good putts this week.

"So yes, I'm excited. This is the way I've been playing at home. I’m not quite hitting it as far, but I had the adrenaline going and overall I'm very pleased."

The long-time World No 1 and winner of 14 majors, hesitated to name a date for his next PGA Tour appearance, but there is a strong feeling it will be in the  Farmers Insurance Open at one of his favourite courses, Torrey Pines in San Diago, in late January.

Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.