(Reuters) – Tiger Woods hopes to play a full 2018 schedule, he stated on Friday, whereas on the similar time declining to commit even to competing in February’s Genesis Open which is run by his basis.
Writing a yr-finish weblog on his web site on the eve of his forty second birthday, Woods was usually upbeat concerning the situation of his surgically-repaired again, however what he didn’t say was maybe simply as vital.
“A method or one other, I shall be at Riviera,” the 14-occasions main champion wrote of the annual PGA Tour occasion performed on the well-known course in southern California.
“It’s such an historic website and the course will all the time have particular which means for me. That’s the place it began again in 1992 once I performed in my first PGA Tour occasion at age sixteen.”
Woods made his newest comeback in December on the Hero World Problem within the Bahamas, eight months after present process a spinal fusion.
Whereas his efficiency – he completed equal ninth of 18 gamers – was competent and he swung with obvious freedom, he acknowledged that he was in uncharted waters.
“I’m persevering with to progress and making an attempt to get robust sufficient to the place I can deal with a workload once more,” he wrote.
”I might like to play a full schedule in 2018. What that entails, together with again-to-again occasions, I don’t know. I simply need to proceed to work on my physique and recreation and see the place I pan out.
“I want I knew the place I used to be going to play and once I was going to play – it’s so much simpler to prep for that – however we actually don’t know.”
Woods additionally acknowledged that his swing had modified.
”My swing is certainly shorter and I can’t flip as far. My again is fused and that’s so far as it’s going to go. However I used to be stunned at how explosive I used to be (on the World Problem)…
“I’m greater than a full-membership longer than once I shut it down. I wasn’t hitting it very far and was struggling to hit it strong. That’s a nasty combo.”
Woods, the second most profitable golfer behind 18-occasions main winner Jack Nicklaus, has endured a difficult time since ending his 2014 season early with a view to bear what was a number of again surgical procedures.
He has performed solely sometimes since, with a few comebacks aborted by persevering with ache.
In 2017 he determined to have two vertebrae in his decrease again fused, which principally was an all-or-nothing final-ditch try and each ease his ache and permit him to renew golf.
The prognosis proper now seems to be pretty good, nevertheless it has been removed from clean crusing this yr for Woods, who in Might was arrested asleep on the wheel of his automotive, with 5 medicine in his system.
He subsequently pleaded responsible to reckless driving.
“I respect aggressive golf now greater than I ever have,” he wrote.
”Throughout that 10-month interval I used to be away from the sport, I had a tough time strolling and sometimes wanted help getting away from bed.
”To go from that and be capable of play golf – I hadn’t performed with out ache for a very long time – it was good…
“It’s been a yr crammed with ups and downs, however I’m very optimistic about 2018 and searching ahead to nice issues on and off the golf course.”
Reporting by Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina, modifying by Ed Osmond