Tiger Woods feels he is close to ending his PGA Tour drought after completing his objective of reaching the Tour Championship.
It has been five years since 14-time major champion Woods’ last win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a string of back surgeries forcing him to spend prolonged spells away from the course.
But the 42-year-old has twice been a runner-up this season — most recently at the PGA Championship — and has six top-10 finishes to his name.
Those results have helped Woods earn a spot in the 30-man field at East Lake this weekend ahead of his return to Ryder Cup action, and he hopes to bring all aspects of his game together to end his barren run.
“It’s exciting to be back,” Woods said at a news conference Wednesday. “I haven’t been here in quite some time and it’s great to have accomplished one of the goals I set out at the start of the year. Now I want to get the W and head into next week with the Ryder Cup.
“I think the season itself has been amazing, to be able to have played this well after coming off what I came off of. I didn’t know how many tournaments I’d play in and the next [thing] you know I’m here in the Tour Championship. It’s been a pretty tall order and something I’m proud of.
“I’m close to winning golf tournaments again. I’m putting the pieces together, I’ve changed some of my technique and my equipment – I’m very close. I’ve come close in a couple events and it’s about putting it together at the right time.
“It’s always been something — I haven’t driven it well, I haven’t hit my irons well, I haven’t putted it well. Just pick one of those things and it happens to be that particular week.
“I seem to have got most of those things going well, but there’s always something missing. It could be any of those facets of the game, I just haven’t put it all together at the same time. That’s something that’ll hopefully come together this week.”
How Tiger can win the #FedExCup:
Bryson finishes T15 or worse
Rose finishes in 3-way tie for 5th or worse
Finau finishes T3 or worse
DJ finishes in 3-way tie for 2nd or worse
JT finishes in 3-way tie for 2nd or worse
Keegan finishes T2 or worse pic.twitter.com/kykMIdrhvE
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 18, 2018
Woods has developed a greater appreciation for the game after his injury-forced absence and hinted at an interest in representing the United States at the next Olympics.
On the prospect of playing at Tokyo 2020, he said: “That’d be an accomplishment, to be one of the top American players, to have worked my way back to that point.
“It’s two years from now and to have played that consistently for that period of time is something I’d like to see happen, I just need to go do it.
“I need to keep my game at the level it is, maybe refine it a little more and stay healthy. It’s something I haven’t done in a number of years and this is a good starting point.”