Dec
20
2013
Tiger Woods: “Really looking forward” to 2014, opens up about Vonn
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods
Woods arrived in the Alps to support Vonn

Woods arrived in the Alps to support Vonn

On Thursday Tiger Woods posted an end-of-the year blog on his website. As always, it’s downright riveting! OK, fine, he goes in-depth about supporting his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn in her upcoming Olympic campaign.

He talks about how his tourney the World Challenge is moving to Isleworth next year and thanks Sherwood for all the good times. Woods is “really looking forward” to next year, particularly since he’s found a new driver:

 I think my body of work overall for the whole year was pretty good. I also found a new Nike driver, VRS Covert 2.0 Tour, that I’m really excited about. I drove the ball a little further and definitely straighter than I have been all year.

Sponsor shout-out! Well, I play the non-Tour version and I’m pumped about it, too. Yay.

He’s also “really excited” about the major championships in 2014, particularly because he’s won at three of the four venues, with the exception being at Pinehurst no. 2, the site of the upcoming U.S. Open:

I’m trending the right way, having finished third and second. But I still need to practice, work, grind and prepare, and have my game come together those four times a year, and I hope that will happen.

We’d very much like it to happen, too, so we can stop talking about how he hasn’t won a major in more than five years and move on to speculating when he’ll win his 16th!

Woods actually gets somewhat personal and says he’s putting his clubs aside for a bit so he can support his girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, as she prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Vonn injured her knee in a brutal crash in February, but Tiger can relate:

Having experienced reconstructive surgery on my knee and the ensuing rehab, and the amount of pain associated with it, it’s really hard to explain to anybody unless you’ve been through it. And then coming back on it athletically, to trust that it’s going to be there, that’s a whole different ballgame. I’ve had my share of experiences in that regard — unfortunately — but I think it helps her in a sense because she can bounce ideas off me about what to expect. It is a frustrating process and really difficult to go through.

He also admitted to finding similar bond with Vonn in their respective expertise.

We see our sports through the same looking glass in how we approach them. We both work very hard and are prepared for our seasons. And when we’re ready to go, we give it everything we possibly have and there’s no holding back. I think that’s some of our commonalities. But she has to be way more aggressive in her sport than I have to be in mine. You’re trying to make your way down a mountain at 80-plus mph, and you have to have the adrenaline and the aggressiveness to do it. But for me, I’m trying to tone everything down mentally. I’m trying to play within myself and do all the little things. So that part of it is way different. But I think it’s the preparation that we both appreciate and the fact that we can do it time and time again, and we’ve done it for a long period of time. It’s not a flash in the pan, and you just don’t do it for one year — she’s done it for 13 years, and I’ve done it for 18 years. As far as Lindsey competing in Sochi, we’re very hopeful. It all depends on how that knee is.

Best of luck to Lindsey!

(AFP Photo/Franck Fife)