American and golf great Tiger Woods described 2018 as one of the best of his career after rediscovering form and fitness.
Ongoing back problems have derailed 14-time major champion Woods, who has not won on the PGA Tour since 2013, but the veteran is feeling good following a fourth operation.
Woods – up to 26th in the world rankings after starting the year 668th – has two top-six finishes at majors, including runner-up at the US PGA Championship.
Preparing for the second FedEx Cup play-off event – the Dell Technologies Championship which starts in Boston on Friday – the 42-year-old said: “This has been one of my best years, considering that I didn’t know what I was going to do; I just didn’t have a clue.
“The fact that I’ve been able to make it this far is very exciting to me. I have a bright future ahead of me because at this point last year, that wasn’t the case, didn’t know.”
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Woods is coming off a share of 40th position at last week’s Northern Trust in New Jersey.
“The hardest part is I didn’t have any inkling of what this year might be,” Woods told reporters. “Normally if I have a good offseason or feel healthy, I can reasonably expect what might happen the following year. This year was a complete unknown. I didn’t know if I was going to play. I didn’t know how many events I was going to play, what swing I was going to use. And a lot of adjustments on the fly.”
Woods continued: “The thing for me is to just to keep getting there in the mix, keep getting there on the back nine with a chance to win.
“I responded well at Valspar [where he tied for second], I made a mistake there at Bay Hill [T-5] and at the Players [T11], even at the Open Championship [T6]. But I learned from those and really did well at the PGA [second].
“So it’s just a matter of giving myself enough opportunities. I’m not going to win them all. In order to win them, you’ve got to be there. And I’ve been there enough this year and obviously want more of it.”