Tiger Woods says he ‘feels good’ as he gears up to play in the PGA Championship at Valhalla today, despite pulling out in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last Sunday with back problems.
Woods is a four-time PGA champion, and even with his recent injury setbacks, he maintains he’s pain free and capable of victory.
"I feel good. Once the bone is put back in, it's all good.” - Tiger Woods
“I’m not in any pain. That is the good part,” said the 14-time major champ. “Try to go out there and win this event. That's all I'm focused on.
“I feel good. Once the bone is put back in, it's all good.”
“The inflammation has been down, I've had range of motion. I got my speed, my power, and I just need to obviously keep moving.”
Tiger Woods won at Valhalla. The course has changed significantly since then but the 38-year-old can’t wait to tee it up with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington later today.
“It feels great to be back here,” said the American. “The fans are enthusiastic. They're loud. They're into it.
“It's a totally different golf course than what I played in 2000. These greens are all different. I have my book from 2000 but it's useless. There’s some new things that we have to learn out there.”
Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup spot in jeopardy
If Tiger is to feature in the Gleneagles match next month, he’ll need a pick form US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson. Speaking ahead of today’s PGA Championship first round, however, Watson couldn’t guarantee the world No.10 a seat on the plane.
"He's not in great health right now and he hasn't played very well.” - Tom Watson
“I can't tell you what's going to happen with Tiger,” the four-time Ryder Cup star admitted. “I don't know his physical condition right now.
“I said right from the beginning, if he's playing well and he's in good health, I'll pick him.
“Obviously, he's not in great health right now and he hasn't played very well.”