Asked about his physical health Monday, Tiger Woods said he is fired up for his return to competitive golf after recovering from the back injuries that have kept him off the PGA Tour since August.
“I feel great,” Woods said in an appearance on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. “I feel really, really good. It’s great to be back out here competing again. I’ve missed it quite a bit.”
Woods, who turns 39 this month, said his recovery from his back issues has allowed him to ramp up his practice sessions on the range and that he is hopeful his game is poised to reap the benefits.
“I’m excited that I have this much time off to obviously heal and get stronger and get my game in order for next year,” said Woods, whose season was halted by March 31 back surgery and another back injury in August. “I went through a period there for the last year, year and a half, where I didn’t really practice that much.”
In the interview, Woods said he’s finally hitting as many balls as he needs as he works on his game ahead of this week’s Hero World Challenge, his annual tournament that raises funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation, and his return to the PGA Tour in 2015.
“I can finally log in the time, log in the minutes, and really delve into a good practice session and really get a lot out of it,” he said. “And that’s something that I hadn’t been able to do in quite some time.”
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