Dec 26th, 2015
He's back! At least mentally...
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Yay! Tiger is talking the talk again at last. Everyone's been writing him off, but not us at GolfPunk. We still believe!!!
Tiger had back surgery for the second time in 18 months in September and talked about retirement earlier this month. But now, after a period of reflection, the old Tiger 'compete genes' are kicking back in.
"Where do I see myself in the next five to 10 years? I am still playing golf at the highest level, winning tournaments and majors," Tiger wrote on his website.
Tiger might be be ranked 414th in the world right now but, hey, you can't earn ranking points if you're not playing and it wasn't that long ago (2013) that he was ranked World Number one. Woods spent a record total of 683 weeks as world number one but has not won a tournament since the Bridgestone Invitational l in August 2013.
"Mentally, people who know me know I'm like a five-year-old," said Tiger who turns 40 on December 30th. "Physically, sometimes I feel old and sometimes I feel like a teenager. I don't like the polar opposites of the two. I'd like to be somewhere in the middle where I feel 40. The thing I'm looking forward to the most about 2016 is getting back out there again. I've missed it, and I would like to do it pain-free.
"I've had it in spurts the last few years and have done some pretty good things, but I'd like to have sustained health."
Tiger was also named as an Assistant Captain for next year's Ryder Cup in Minnesota. but claims he is still aiming for a more prominent role at the Hazeltine.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to play my way on to the team," he said. "Either way, I'm excited about being an assistant captain. It will be new, fun and special. To have Davis appoint and trust me is pretty special.
"If you look back to when we played together in 1999 at Brookline, I don't think either one of us would have foreseen this."
Wouldn't it be something to see Tiger back in the winner's enclosure in 2016? If he's really fit, I wouldn't bet against it.