Tiger Woods is again hitting bombs, creating birdies and generally owning a grand aged time on the golfing program again.
It was these a pleasure to view him and his son Charlie make their way all around the Ritz-Carlton Orlando training course all through the PNC Championship pro-am Friday that it pretty much produced you neglect that the elder Woods nevertheless has a steep hill to ascend in advance of he’s all set to walk 18 holes once again, enable on your own walk four-in addition rounds on a 7,300-lawn PGA Tour setup.
“It’s going to be a though,” Woods said right after his round in which he and Charlie shared a cart. “I could not wander this golfing training course even proper now, and it is flat. I don’t have the stamina. My leg is not quite appropriate still and it’s going to take time. I instructed you in the Bahamas, I’m a lengthy way from enjoying tournament golf. This is strike, hop in a cart and go about my small business just like I would at Medalist. Getting capable to perform event golf and becoming equipped to recuperate, follow and teach and strike balls right after a spherical and do all of the items that I have to have to be at a substantial level, I’m a very long way away from that.”
The pessimistic choose is that it is probable that Woods in no way gets all the back to remaining capable to enjoy PGA Tour events — that is, at minimum not with out the use of a cart.
Could possibly a cart be manufactured offered to him? Underneath the Us residents with Disabilities Act, indeed, it’s a likelihood. Woods would will need to file an official request with the Tour for a set of wheels and make a strong clinical scenario for it, just as Casey Martin did in 2001, when he properly sued the PGA Tour for denying him a cart. Additional a short while ago, John Daly, who has osteoarthritis in his knee, was granted authorization, albeit by the PGA of America, to take a cart in the PGA Championship.
So, what about it? If Woods’ restoration doesn’t development as he hopes, would he consider implementing for cart utilization on the PGA Tour?
“Absolutely not,” Woods stated Friday in reaction to a problem from ESPN reporter Bob Harig. “Not for a PGA Tour function, no. Which is just not who I am. That is not how I’ve constantly been, and if I just cannot perform at that stage, I just can’t play at that stage.”
That is not who I am. It was an unwavering reaction and probably not surprising to hear from a golfer who has a nose for the background and traditions of the game, not to mention athletic delight oozing out of just about every pore. This week, nevertheless? This week is unique, Woods claimed. Devoid of carts, several of the aging greats in the PNC subject wouldn’t be bodily equipped to take part in an party that thrives on their really presence.
“You wouldn’t see some of the legends that I grew up idolizing and viewing, and even received a prospect to play early in my profession, they wouldn’t be equipped to play in these occasions,” Woods claimed. “Their bodies are as well banged up.”
Woods was conversing about the likes of 82-12 months-previous Lee Trevino — with whom Tiger and Charlie invested time hitting balls on the assortment Friday afternoon — but he could just as conveniently have been chatting about himself.
Woods was then requested about no matter whether he has any plans for subsequent yr, to which he reiterated that he does not have the endurance to realistically focus on what activities he may test to engage in.
“You observed it out there,” he claimed. “I can hit close to right here, fall a ball below, strike a couple of wedges, do that. But to go out there and have 220 yards and know that you have to hit a 3- or 4-iron and overlook the ball in the proper location, and then hit specified shots and just one stroke establishes no matter if you gain or shed, that is a completely unique state of mind than what we have out here this week. I’m not there however.”
We’ll all be along for the trip, just not in a cart.