DUBLIN, Ohio – In the midst of a huge gathering on the 10th tea on Wednesday at the Muirfield Village Golf Club, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus had some kind of quiet conversation.
We've seen each other at the Masters since the Champions Dinner, and Nicklaus, the founder, host and former champion of this week's Memorial Tournament, had some encouraging words for the man who won this annual baseball five times.
He said my swing looks a bit better, "said Woods, who played with Pro-Am with Peyton Manning." And I said, 'Yes, I'm really not that far away.' and he totally agreed. He kept pushing me to be patient because he could see that I had made some great progress this year and that I was not far from putting it all together. "
One year ago, Woods began piecing life together again after being arrested on a DUI charge in the early hours of Memorial Day after he had fallen asleep at the wheel of his car, his mug shot, and a dashboard. Cam video of the arrest, which took place almost six weeks after Wood's spinal fusion surgery, became viral and Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and agreed to launch a program to combat his dependence on analgesics. [Citation needed] Many thought his career was over, and four months after the arrest, Woods said he did not even know if he would ever play golf again, but Woods was not finished yet, and slowly he was improving day by day and returning this year Returning to the PGA Tour, where he was in the top group on Sunday in four of his eight starts. Valspar Championship
"I'm very happy for him," said Ni cklaus. "I am not surprised that he has overcome this part … the addiction. With all the medications he has for pain, it can happen to anyone. What happened to him and coming back from him and getting his play and his life back in shape is great. "
Woods said," It's a blessing to play on tour again. "" I'm very grateful for the opportunity to do this again because I just did not know it, "Woods said," I was just hoping I could walk again without hurting, I can sit down again without my burning pain on my leg. That went away, but I did not know if I would be able to play golf here.
"My surgeon said that I could play golf with my buddies and play weekend rounds, but whether I could play or not on tour would be a different story and that was a big jump."
Memorial defending champion Jason Dufner was not surprised Woods made the jump. Last fall, Dufner played a good deal of golf with Woods in Florida as the former No. 1 and winner of 79 PGA Tour titles and 14 majors began his last comeback.
"There's a reason why he did what he did before he had the injuries and had these setbacks, such people do not come very often," I always think that if he's healthy, his golfing would be come. I know that he probably felt so far in 12 months, I think it's great for the game, I know it's good for him. He is here from 1999-2001, 2009 and 2012. He has risen from rank 656 in the official World Golf Ranking to 83rd place this year. He is an assistant captain for the Ryder Cup this year, but Woods said he wants to play in the biennial clash with Europe and he is one of many players that equipped for uniforms this week.
"I know that the players and the captain are wearing different outfits as part of the Ryder Cup and I really would like to screw that up, "he said with a smile.
But Woods knows that he has not won since 2013 and it starts to come to him, Nicklaus said Woods has to learn how to win again Woods Agree
"I was on runs where it was pretty easy to get W and other tracks where it was very difficult. It's a bit different for me because I come back because I have not really played for a while, "Woods said," but I remember the feelings when I was with Valspar. I had a chance to win there and finished second. It felt really comfortable. The last time I had a chance, I was on top of the board, I felt very comfortable.
"I hope I can just shoot the low round when I need it."
At least he has a chance to try that. A year ago, it looked like he had not done it.