NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas is quick lifting for Tiger Woods. It is a brief aircraft vacation from his South Florida household. The yacht meets him in the Albany Golfing Club marina for ease and comfort. He has his possess spot on web site. And the golf system affords him an superb area to apply. In peace.
The venue is now in its fifth 12 months as the site for his once-a-year Hero Planet Challenge, an 18-player tournament that rewards Woods’ basis, and it can be where by Woods has presented some telling times around the past four years: from a doom-and-gloom information convention in 2015, when he was not enjoying, to the guarded optimism he confirmed just two a long time in the past, when he tied for ninth and introduced his inconceivable comeback from again surgical procedures.
Now rated seventh in the globe, playing once again this 7 days for the very first time considering the fact that successful his 82nd PGA Tour title at the Zozo Championship in October, Woods receives back again to work with the other 10 users of the Presidents Cup crew he will captain just around a week from now in Australia.
And therein lies the next concern for Woods, who will not only engage in aggressive golfing in consecutive months for one of the scarce situations this yr, but he also has internet hosting responsibilities this 7 days in the Bahamas, captain responsibilities next 7 days at Royal Melbourne and obligations of just the day to day difficulties of staying … Tiger Woods.
The previous time Woods performed consecutive weeks did not go so perfectly. And it genuinely wasn’t all that significantly golf. Woods withdrew subsequent the to start with spherical of the Northern Have faith in in early August, citing an indirect injury. The pursuing 7 days he competed in the BMW Championship — he performed just nine holes in the professional-am — and tied for 37th to close his season and overlook qualifying for the Tour Championship.
A several days later, he experienced surgical procedure on his remaining knee to take away cartilage and began the procedure of putting his physique and sport again collectively, culminating with that shocking win in Japan at the Zozo Championship.
“Mainly because I failed to qualify for the Tour Championship, I was in a position to have my knee course of action a week early, which gave me an extra week to get ready for Zozo,” Woods said. “It all labored out. The point that I experienced to get by way of all the distinctive PT exercise routines, scar tissue and get cellular, get completely ready, get my velocity back again up all over again and recuperate.
“The flight time to Japan, it can be not a shorter a person. How was I going to get well and be completely ready to play? And every little thing came alongside one another, and I was in a position to play nicely for that just one week.”
Now Woods faces two weeks in a row, and a more time trip from Nassau to Melbourne, wherever he’ll straight away be thrust into his captain’s function and evaluating how significantly he will enjoy in the Presidents Cup, which commences Dec. 12.
Prior to the Northern Believe in/BMW tournaments, the only time this year Woods competed in consecutive months was when he tied for 15th at the Genesis Open close to Los Angeles and then tied for 10th the next week at the WGC-Mexico Championship back in February.
The weather conditions was cold and moist at Riviera — and there were rain delays — and despite the fact that Woods had a excellent event in Mexico, he arrived absent with a neck pressure that retained him from competing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational two weeks afterwards.
Woods seemed to demonstrate no unwell consequences right after that, contending at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Participate in ahead of profitable the Masters. It was the upcoming 6 activities in which Woods’ variety fell off as again stiffness — and, as we later discovered, knee troubles — led to just a single best-10 end, as perfectly as two skipped cuts and a withdrawal.
Given how he looked in Japan, and the subsequent enhance to his wellbeing, it would seem to be he is in a much better situation to play in again-to-again weeks.
Nonetheless, it isn’t going to consider significantly to hearken back to September 2018, when Woods seemed lifeless at the Ryder Cup in France adhering to his Tour Championship victory in Atlanta. The exact fire and dedication had been gone in Paris as Woods went -4 in the U.S. defeat.
While the Hero Globe Problem is nowhere in close proximity to the Tour Championship, it is a active 7 days for Woods. And that is a extended trip to Australia — some 9,800 miles. Woods and the rest of the team will land Monday morning Australia time right after leaving the Bahamas on Saturday night. And then they go correct to operate on obtaining more than a 16-hour time change.
“Past calendar year was a little bit distinctive for the reason that it was all the [FedEx Cup] playoff functions and the warmth that we performed in, and then hopping on a flight [in Atlanta] and likely straight to Paris,” Woods claimed. “And also, I think the emotional tension and the emotional launch of lastly profitable an party coming again from my again medical procedures … that took a toll on me a little bit.
“So this is a fully unique animal. I am participating in the Hero Environment Problem, not a Tour event, even though we have world position details. It is a very fast paced week. I do have some responsibilities there at night, but overall, it really is a extremely easy 7 days.
“And then our flight down to Oz will be simple — just lengthy.”
The Hero is not an formal PGA Tour event, but those planet position points could prove useful to Woods as it pertains to a thing these types of as the 2020 Olympics — whose cutoff is June 22. Previous calendar year, Jon Rahm earned 48 ranking points for his victory in the Bahamas, which is a lot more than Justin Rose earned for capturing the Farmers Insurance policies Open, for case in point.
And the Albany class is not significantly daunting, with no early tee times and a pretty benign setup that really should allow for for a to some degree anxiety-totally free golf working experience for Woods. He is also in entire management to manage his own golfing the following week, the place he is obligated to engage in only one particular match prior to Sunday’s singles.
However, it will be two straight months, with a long trip concerning occasions. How Woods fares physically will be an essential component over the up coming two weeks.