Tiger Woods found some positive results on his long-awaited return to the PGA tour at the Memorial Tournament, but the 15-time major champion didn’t reveal much about his pre-PGA championship plans.
Woods carded a 4-over 76 on Sunday when he stumbled to 40th place at Muirfield Village, finishing 15 strokes behind champion Jon Rahm.
The former number 1 in the world Woods was on tour for the first time since February. He barely made it to the weekend in Dublin, Ohio after struggling with a stiff back on Friday.
The five-time Memorial winner ended his first tournament with a double bogey, five bogeys and three birdies to be 6 after 72 holes.
“I started and played again,” said Woods, 44, afterwards. “It’s been a while. It was nice to get my feet wet and play again.
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“Tough, difficult conditions to start my first week back. But it was good to get the feeling and flow of the competition back.”
“It felt good about my swing,” he said. “I was able to make good shots. Friday was a bit physically bad, but overall it was a lot, a lot of positive things in my first week.”
Woods added: “I didn’t feel comfortable during the break. I was in Florida and played Bermuda [grass greens] and seeing minimal pause, getting out of here and playing a 10, 12 foot pause was a little bit different and something to get used to. “
The PGA championship will take place on August 6th at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco after the coronavirus pandemic forced the major to move in May.
When asked if he needed “more reps” before going to San Francisco, Woods, a four-time PGA winner, replied, “Competitive reps or more reps? More reps, yes. I definitely need more reps.”