Jan
3
2012
Tiger Woods Ready and Rarin’ to Go in 2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

What to expect from Tiger?

After last night Tiger Woods is 0-1 in 2012. Well, if you count his team losing to Rickie Fowler’s at the Fiesta Bowl. Tiger was named honorary captain and coin-toss flipper on behalf of Stanford’s squad. Fowler served the same duties for Oklahoma State’s football team. In a thrilling game with an exciting (or heartbreaking) ending, the Cowboys beat the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, Tiger told the AP in an email that he’s finally 100% healthy, so he’s super stoked:

“The lowest moments (last year) came from the fact that I wasn’t healthy and couldn’t put in the time on and off the course that I wanted and needed to, and that was frustrating,” Woods said. “I was playing with pain and that isn’t fun. The last couple of months have been really fun and that is mostly because I am feeling healthy again and building week on week.”

As someone with a chronic pain disorder, I can empathize with playing in pain — it really, really sucks. With Tiger at 100% physically, he’s likely also mentally more fit.

Nothing stands out in the article. Just the same ol’ generic quotes. Like what? He’s pumped to open his season in Abu Dhabi:

“I am looking to get off to a fast start in Abu Dhabi and keep building from there,” Woods said. “Now that I am healthy, I feel I can keep building my game and confidence week on week, much like I did at the end of (last) year – from the Australian Open to the Presidents Cup to, finally, a win in California.”

He also praised U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy and current world No. 1 Luke Donald:

“There are so many great and talented players in the game right now – it is exciting for golf fans and I relish the challenge of going head-to-head with any number of the leading players on a Sunday afternoon,” Woods said. “Rory and Luke are both very talented golfers and I admire what they have achieved in the last year. I look forward to having many great battles on a Sunday afternoon with these great players in 2012.”

/Yawn. Wake me when he returns to competition in a few weeks. Or when — I mean, if — he officially announces he’s kicking off his PGA Tour season at Pebble Beach.

(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)