‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (USA) walked around the course to the 16th hole in 7 months.메이저사이트
On the 16th (Korean time), the day before the opening of the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational, Woods took part in a pro-am match held at the Riviera Country Club in Palisades, California, where the tournament will be held.
It is the first time in 7 months since the second round of the Open Open in July last year that Woods played on foot in an official match.
Woods has not played in a single PGA Tour event since missing the cut at the Open, and played for two days at the PNC Championship, an event last December, but rode a cart instead of walking.
Woods, who has been working hard on treatment and rehabilitation after being seriously injured in a car accident in 2021, often said, “There is no problem with swing, but walking is my homework.”
Woods, who teed off at 6:30 a.m. local time, came out to the practice range before sunrise and warmed up.
On this day, when the wind blew and the temperature fell below 10 degrees Celsius, Woods appeared armed with a winter coat, scarf, and wool hat.
Local media who watched the scene reported that he looked quite cold, but his swing seemed comfortable.
His gait was also much closer to normal than before.
In the first half, the phenomenon of limping was hardly noticeable, but local media reported that he was clearly cautious when going uphill or downhill.
In the second half, he became more cautious. It was noticeable that he was trying to avoid putting weight on his ankles.
After the 16th hole, he picked up the ball and went into the clubhouse, but instead of using a cart, he walked.
In the afternoon he spent a lot of time on the green.
Riviera Country Club Greens are notoriously small and tricky. He putts at various points on the green, putting effort into grasping the green speed and slope.
On that day, the wind was so strong that Woods was caught smiling as if he was dumbfounded when the ball did not go up to the green even after he hit a tee shot with a driver on the 9th hole (par 4) and hit the second shot with a 3-wood.
Woods will start the first round match at the 1st hole at 5:04 am on the 17th with Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Justin Thomas (USA)