Honda Basic: Three takeaways from Tiger Woods' latest start

Tiger Woods (Getty Photographs)

Tiger Woods made his third PGA Tour start of the season this week, ending twelfth on the Honda Basic.

After present process 4 again surgical procedures since 2014, many questioned how Woods would play in his latest comeback try. Thus far, Woods has two prime-25 finishes whereas displaying strong scrambling means.

This week’s twelfth-place end marked Woods’ greatest on the PGA Tour because the 2015 Wyndham Championship. It seems the 14-time main champion might lastly take pleasure in a profitable return, so long as his well being holds up for the whole yr.

Listed here are three takeaways from Woods’ early-season type:

1. Woods has seemed extra constant than anticipated — Typically, when star gamers return to motion, they contend immediately solely to sink again into poor type — freshmen luck some may name it. However Woods has seemed strong via three PGA Tour begins, ending t23 and 12 in two of them.

Woods’ driving accuracy and iron recreation have been flaky at occasions, however his scrambling and brief recreation have been spectacular. Woods made it round brutal PGA Nationwide at even par this week, by no means capturing over seventy one. Whereas he nonetheless hasn’t contended, he is hung round on robust programs, proving a win might be on the horizon.

2. Woods must hold enjoying occasions — This may increasingly appear apparent, however Woods was recognized for an unique schedule even earlier than his again issues. Whereas his well being will finally dictate precisely what number of tournaments he can play, he must get as snug together with his recreation as attainable heading into The Masters in April.

The Valspar Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Shell Houston Open might all be engaging choices for Woods earlier than The Masters. Woods has seemed good on robust tracks this yr, and he is had an plentiful quantity of success at Bay Hill, making the Arnold Palmer an apparent cease. He then must determine if he needs to play two or three extra occasions earlier than Augusta Nationwide, and formulate a plan from there. However Woods have to hold competing, build up reps, earlier than the season’s first main.

three. The hype is actual — Droves of followers have come to observe Woods apply his craft once more after many believed they could by no means once more get the prospect. Guys like Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and this week’s winner Justin Thomas have loved a lot of the help in Woods’ absence, however they need to really feel like their galleries are a bit skinny lately.

Although Woods has struggled to complete off rounds, and hasn’t actually contended in three begins, he is given followers hope whereas hitting some spectacular photographs. Anticipate large galleries each week Woods enters the sector, and shortly, he might have the identical intimidation issue he used to his benefit throughout this prime.