We are yet to see more of Tiger Woods since his stunning comeback in Masters early this year. Woods’ attempt to keep his four-time surgically repaired and adjustments in the major championship schedule together with back healthy have kept him out of competition for long stretches. Since the Masters, he has only played four tournaments where he missed the cut in the PGA at Bethpage Black in May, finished tied for 9th at the Memorial, tied for 21st in the U.S. Open and missed the cut in the British Open.
Woods has not appeared in any game since struggling through the British Open a month ago. He’s back this week for the Northern Trust Open, the first tournament of the FedEx Cup playoffs at Liberty National in Jersey City. But I wonder how much is left in the tank this season, and how rusty he will be with very few rounds of competitive golf over the past four months.
Tiger has committed his two weeks at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago to the BMW, the second tournament of the playoffs. He will only make the Tour Championship to complete the FedEx Cup playoffs, if he plays well enough to be in the top 30. Woods has good vibes at Liberty National, finishing second in both 2009 and 2013.
Woods is chasing another huge milestone and his next win would be No. 82, tying him with Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour victories of all time. “Tiger is special and he is clearly a draw,” tournament executive director Julie Tyson told the Daily News.”Tiger finished runner up in 2009 and 2013, the previous two times the Northern Trust was played at Liberty National, so he sure has a positive history here, and the New York/New Jersey crowds truly love him.”