Tiger Woods, the one time enfant terrible of golf has now turned 40, and celebrated the milestone rocking out with Darius Rucker, former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish. Rucker did a private concert for Woods and friends at Tiger Woods’ new place Woods Jupiter in Woods’ home town of Jupiter, Florida.
According to the Inquisitr, Woods has now developed a back-up plan just in case he is forever off his golf game. Woods Jupiter opened late this summer, and is making quite a splash in Jupiter, Florida. Additionally, Woods moved his business headquarters to the same development in the exclusive enclave. The restaurant, which combines gourmet food with an elegant environment to watch sports has been an overwhelming success. Woods is coming off a knee surgery which shut down his game for the season, but he is hoping to be back in his 40th year with a bang.
— ESPN (@espn) December 30, 2015
FTW reported that Tiger Woods got to spend his 40th birthday with a private concert by Darius Rucker. Woods took to Twitter to thank Rucker and all of his fans who wished him a happy birthday.
Idk I think Darius Rucker, the country singer, has a little bit of Tiger Woods and Mr. Moseby in him pic.twitter.com/NKVwnWWeV4
— Brent Buller (@brent_buller) June 27, 2015
CBS Sports says that Woods believes that 40 will be a big year for him, and he’s feeling pretty good.
“My friends keep asking me how it feels to be turning 40 at the end of the month and my response is, ‘It depends when you ask me.’ Mentally, people who know me know I’m like a five-year-old. Physically, sometimes I feel old and sometimes I feel like a teenager. I don’t like the polar opposites of the two. I’d like to be somewhere in the middle where I feel 40.”
Tiger Woods was wished birthday greetings from many professional golfers young and old, including Jack Nicklaus.
— Cheyenne Woods (@Cheyenne_Woods) December 30, 2015
But ESPN wonders if Tiger Woods can reinvent his game to make it back to the top golfers.
“All athletes have to face that,” Woods said during a recent interview. “But the neat thing is that golf offers so many different avenues, so many different ways to get it done. Hopefully I can be more efficient in other parts of my game.”
Woods has been plagued by injuries, and will have to adjust his game if he wants to get back into it. Experts say that if he stops shooting for so much distance, he might be able to reinvent himself yet.
“If I don’t hit it as far, hopefully hit more fairways,” Woods said. “Understand how to play more iron shots into the correct spots. I’ve learned a few more shots around the greens in the past couple years. Implement those in my short game. [With my] putting… some of the things I was working on at the end of the year were starting to click.”
But reinventing his game is not as easy as it sounds. Woods wants to take a chance, and embrace perhaps his final comeback.
“It’s putting all those things together. The game is so fluid. That’s the thing I need to be aware of going forward.”
Woods is not yet ready to hang it up, and believes that he can get back to the Tiger of old.
“He has to reinvent himself to an extent,” said Hank Haney, one of Woods’ former instructors. “And he’s done that to a degree. He played [some of] his best golf [in 2015] at Greenbrier (T34) and Greensboro (T10). These are two short golf courses. Greensboro was a course where he had to hit very few drivers and there weren’t as many chances to hit it on a hazard or out of bounds. That’s a reinvention. In the past, you wouldn’t have said that was a perfect course for Tiger.”
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