Woods, 43, hasn’t performed for the reason that Masters. He bypassed the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., the place he has gained earlier than, however now not, he stated, as a result of any bodily infirmity.
Woods, who has had 4 again operations since 2014, alluded on Tuesday to a letdown after his emotional Masters end. “I wasn’t able but to start out the grind of practising and getting ready and logging all the ones hours once more,” he stated, including: “Coming here’s a other tale. I used to be ready to log within the hours, put within the time and really feel rested and able.”
Woods, a four-time P.G.A. champion, is scheduled to tee off at eight:24 a.m. Thursday with Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari.
To contend, Woods will wish to force the ball in addition to he did at Augusta Nationwide. The 7,500-yard Bethpage Black structure is a beast, that includes two 500-yard par-4s. The tough is thicker than a hockey playoff beard, and the ball doesn’t go back and forth to this point in cold climate. Now not that Max Homa, the winner of the Charlotte event, appeared to understand on Tuesday; he gained the long-drive contest with a 318-yard try.
“If you’ll’t in finding the golf green right here, I believe you’re in reality going to run into problems,” stated Koepka, who held off Woods to win remaining yr’s P.G.A. Championship at Bellerive Nation Membership and completed a stroke at the back of Woods on the Masters.
Within the 29-year-old Koepka, Woods may after all have discovered the real rival who eluded him in his top.
“I don’t see it as a contention,” Koepka stated, “even supposing it’s amusing to play in opposition to him, highest participant to ever play the sport.”