Will a friendly golf tournament playing with his son, the smell of the fresh-cut green grass, or possibly the energy from gripping his drivers reignite a spark from years ago?
Tiger Woods has not played a day of golf since his car crash in February. Recently speaking for the first time, he said his full-time PGA Tour days were over. However, Tiger said he will still play on the Tour. If he does, he will play a few times a year, choosing and spacing out the Tours.
But in the meantime, Tiger is partnering up with his son Charlie in the PNC Championship. The last time the duo played was in 2020. They finished the tournament in the seventh position. The PNC Championship is 36-holes. The event pairs PGA pros with family members for a fun, friendly competition. For Tiger, it is good because the tournament has a scaled-back set-of-rules than what he is used to playing on the tour. For example, he can ride in the golf cart. And, the driving distances are shorter from where he usually smashes the ball.
Although Woods is not ready to play on the PGA Tour just yet, the game can give him an inkling if he is prepared physically and mentally. Being out of the game can be a breath of fresh air and a sigh of relief. When players take time away from the game, they can actually relax and not have to think everything they do will affect their game. So, Tiger may either miss the game and become motivated and inspired to scratch the playing a few times a year idea or feel happy and free of stressful high-level competition.
Tiger was out hitting balls last week on Friday for a few days. Many of the PGA Pros saw him and said he looks good, appears healthy, and moving well. But, some Pros commented, he is probably not ready to play on the Tour, but a friendly game may be what he needs to get synchronized and motivated again.
As for now, the tournament is a great experience for Tiger to spend time with two things he loves most, his son and golf.