Tiger Woods says he would have been healthy for Masters this week
MIAMI Tiger Woods Says he recovered day and night from a back injury that hampered his preparations for the now postponed and strange Masters Augusta National quarantine confrontation.
In an interview published Thursday by GolfTV, Woods' sponsor, the 15-time main champion said he is doing more cycling and sometimes plays tennis to keep fit and that his back pain has decreased.
Night and day. I feel much better than then. I've been able to turn negative into positive, Woods said.
I have been able to train a lot. I have been able to return my body to where I think it should be.
Woods, who says he would have been ready for the Masters this week, skipped last month's Players Championship with back pain only to have it canceled after 18 holes due to the coronavirus pandemic .
It is difficult to disconnect those circuits now. I feel a little nervous. I want to go out. I want to compete, Woods said.
I felt really alive, connected and a little irritable. I didn't know what was going on. I realized that it was Sunday and that I was supposed to fly.
Unconsciously, I already knew that I was supposed to be preparing to go play Masters this week. My body was ready to go.
Woods is also capable of Golf near his home on an open course despite the coronavirus pandemic that delayed the Masters until November and kept him and his family isolated at home.
"I've been able to play some Golf ," Woods said. "Medalist is still open here. Every course virtually to the south of us is closed but it remains open so it has been nice to go out there and play and hit Golf balls a little bit... just get some activity and some peace of mind."
Players cannot touch rakes or flag poles and cars are for drivers only, but the strange thing for the current Masters champion is to practice without any event in mind.
It's rare to practice without a final goal to prepare for, Woods said. Hypothetically this could be. Hypothetically it could be that. It seems to change from day to day. Week by week there is always something new.
Woods, a five-time Masters winner, organizes contests with his son Charlie to decide which closet the green jacket will reside in. That's the closest any rival will take him until November.
I think I'll be defending then. I hope it all happens, Woods said.
This is not the way you wanted to keep the jacket on for a longer period of time. I wanted to go out and win it again like I did in 2002.
Woods has yet to sit down and figure out what his scheduling plan might be when the game resumes, knowing that the impact of the virus could delay or cancel more events.
The way the calendar looks, we'll be very busy in the fall, Woods said. Trying to solve all of that.
I'm going to sit down with my team and find out what is the best practice schedule, what are the tournaments I should be playing in to get ready, when should I rest, all the things that are up in the air.
What I keep telling everyone around here is to go from food to food and it will accumulate.
On Tuesday Woods and his family dined fajitas, sushi, and sashimi with smoothies for dessert, the same menu that would have been served that night at the Masters Champions Dinner.
This also included cupcakes and a closing non-Masters food fight.
It got a little interesting in the end, Woods said. It got a bit ugly where the icing flowed down people's hair and faces, so we had a bit of fun in the end.
But I took off my jacket. This jacket cannot put cupcakes on it.
Woods said dealing with back pain, which led to spinal fusion surgery that allowed him to resume his career, helped him cope with the forced wait he now faces.
Maintaining all our hopes every day is sometimes a challenge, Woods said. I don't know how long it will work, but so far these little mini goals have worked for us.