Tiger Woods focused on enjoying return to type: 'I'm still studying'

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Tiger Woods in motion on the Valspar Championship (Getty Pictures)

Tiger Woods is decided to hold enjoyment ranges excessive as he seeks to proceed his current resurgence at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.

After a depressing few years punctuated by 4 again surgical procedures, Woods has progressively returned to type in 2018 and generated large pleasure final trip on his approach to a second-place end on the Valspar Championship.

The 14-time main champion, whose final PGA Tour victory got here in 2013, now turns his consideration to Bay Hill and a event he has gained eight occasions.

Requested in a news convention what his expectations have been this week, Woods replied: “Simply hold getting higher, simply maintain making psychological enhancements … and I feel I’ve executed that [so far].

“Each week I’ve discovered from what I’ve finished and extra importantly, I am studying my physique. I am studying how I can swing it and never swing it. These are all issues which are new.

“I am still studying. I am getting lots higher at it, which is good, and I feel you are beginning to see the fruits of that now, the little tweaks I’ve made, and I am enthusiastic about it.

“What I hold saying is, ‘Simply take pleasure in this’. Should you would have requested me on the Presidents Cup final yr [whether I would play on Tour again], I did not know.”

Woods’ brief recreation has appeared more and more sharp, one thing he attributes to lastly being freed from again ache.

“The least quantity of ache I felt was hitting a driver. It was any time I bent over that far to hit a putt or a chip, that my again ache was off the charts,” he defined.

“So I could not chip, I could not putt. That was the onerous half. Your scoring is across the greens and I wasn’t in a position to follow, in order that half was troublesome. Now that I am feeling higher, I am in a position to dedicate a while to it once more.”

There was widespread shock on the Valspar Championship when Woods, who will play alongside Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama within the first two rounds this week, recorded the quickest clubhouse velocity seen on the PGA Tour this season with one in every of his drives.

“If I knew [how that happened], I might inform you,” stated the forty two-yr-previous with a smile. “I do not know! It simply occurred. I went via various years the place I simply could not get velocity. Now swiftly, it is simply occurring.

“What we expect, amongst my internal circle, is that I used to be dwelling in a lot ache, I did not comprehend it. And I used to be going by means of that slide of simply defending it, enjoying round it. Now I do not really feel like I am swinging very onerous, however it’s producing some unimaginable speeds, which I am not towards.

“I lastly have gotten to some extent the place my again is sweet sufficient, the place I can let my arms inform me what to do. I haven’t got these [back] points anymore, so I can belief my palms once more. I’ve gone again to loads of the stuff I used to do with my dad and the way he first taught me how to play golf.”