Tiger Woods may appear to be almost done with his career, but he has announced he’s not even close to retirement. The PGA Tour champ is still swinging away with the greats of today, even if he’s not winning as many accolades.
Woods has gone on record as saying he’s not going anywhere, and he loves the game too much to stop now. Though he hasn’t had much luck these past few years, he’s not done. He started in on his response to the possibility of retirement at a news conference at the Old Course in Scotland.
“Retirement? I don’t have my AARP card yet, so I’m a ways from that … I’m still young. I’m not 40 yet. I know some of you guys think I’m buried and done, but I’m still right here in front of you. I love playing. I love competing, and I love playing these events.”
The 39-year-old golfer has had quite a few wins in his career, the last major one occurring in 2008 at the U.S. Open. His chasing of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles may still happen, but not without its cost.
According to USA Today, Tiger Woods isn’t letting his struggles with the game and back surgeries keep him down.
“I feel like my body is finally healed up from the surgery from last year. They say it takes you about four-to-six months to get back, but I’ve heard a lot of guys on Tour who have had the surgery and other athletes say it takes over a year to get back.
I think they were there probably closer to being right, it being a full year to get back. It would have been one thing if I would have gone through the procedure and then had the same golf swing, but I’ve changed the golf swing, too, on top of that, and so that was kind of a double dipper there where I had to fight both at the same time.”
Despite the physical setbacks, it seems Tiger Woods is determined to accomplish his original goal. According to ESPN, two weeks ago, he showed some improvement with his swing, reducing his stroke count from the 80s to the 60s. He has stated that it’s all about understanding what works.
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Woods explained how you have to improvise with soft or hard ground, various winds, and making full use of having the wind at your back. Your swing has to be variable based on the conditions.
Tiger Woods could be back to his old championship level self in the coming years, but he’s anything but ready for retirement.
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