Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that Tiger Woods has a communications team writing corporate updates for him on his website, especially since he’s been on the sidelines — it reminds us that he’s still alive and thinking of us (okay, maybe not really). But, holy crap, today’s post seems more boring than usual and it really doesn’t reveal anything we already didn’t know.
Let’s see, he starts out talking about the dinner that Jack Nicklaus hosted for U.S. Ryder Cup hopefuls during the Honda Classic. Woods, of course, has already been named an assistant captain to Davis Love III. As other attendees reported the day after, Tiger was in good spirits and had a nice time hanging with the guys. He confirms this.
Most of the guys I already knew, and it was fun to catch up and rib each other.
Oh, wait, he divulges one detail previously not known to the public!
I was the first one there and chatted with Jack. We mostly talked about fishing and how I’m progressing.
He’s always first to show, right? Some things never change.
OK, I lied again — he shares what he talked about to the younger American players.
It is a very different experience being out of the spotlight. What I tried to explain is that a lot of times you don’t have the same rhythm of playing like you do in a PGA TOUR event. You don’t know how much you’re going to play, and that uncertainty requires an adjustment. In the Presidents Cup, you play in every match.
He, then, goes on to talk about the new, young generation of players, like Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day, among others. Woods points out how different it is compared to when he first turned pro and left Stanford and how he was the only young kid out on tour for a few years before his contemporaries finally started graduating college and qualifying for it. That is true and what’s happening now is largely due to Woods’ influence and these kids are trying to follow the path he paved.
Sitting around with the younger guys made me think about my early years on the PGA TOUR. I left Stanford after my sophomore year and was the only one my age (20) out there. That was tough. Eventually, guys I played with in college trickled out.
Woods also mentions the outing at his first finished course design in the U.S., Bluejack National in Houston, Texas, for the grand opening of its new 10-hole short course called The Playgrounds. As the world saw, 11-year-old Taylor Crozier of Corpus Christi, Texas, aced the 81-yard, par-3 first hole, playing in the inaugural group alongside Woods.
How cool was that? The fans went wild, and I bear-hugged him. It was a moment we won’t forget.
That was *very* cool, indeed.
Next, a big shout-out to his sponsors! — they must be loving that Woods has all this extra time on his hands now.
This week, I spent some time with a couple of my partners. I had a fun day Wednesday with the great people from Rolex. They encourage me to try different styles of watches, but I always come back to my Deepsea. I can wear it anywhere, whether I’m diving or out to dinner. Yesterday, I worked with Nike shooting some advertising. There are always a lot of talented people involved in these production days and some very cool products.
How about his back? How’s rehab? Still progressing nicely? Well, he ends the post with three sentences on the only topic that anyone cares about, which doesn’t reveal anything new. To sum, his health is improving, he’s working on his short game and hitting some shots inside on the simulator and he still doesn’t have a timetable for his return yet.
Health-wise, I continue to improve. I’m working hard on my short game at my outdoor practice facility and on my indoor Full Swing golf simulator. Still no timetable on my return, but I’m excited to get back out there with the guys.
OK, he’s taking full swings, but we already knew that. I mean, is he hitting drivers yet? (It was reported that he was, but he then came out and refuted it.) What are his workouts like? File those under questions that will never be answered…
Get well soon!