Tiger Woods could struggle again if his rehabilitation continues on track, US Open champion Jon Rahm said after the pair played the final round of the Masters together on Sunday.
Although Woods finished among the rest after shooting back-to-back innings of 78 at Augusta National over the weekend, Rahm has seen enough to think the final chapter in the 15-time major winner’s career hasn’t yet been written. Upon returning about 14 months after sustaining serious injuries to his right leg and ankle when he rolled his vehicle, Woods limped around the hill at Augusta National.
Although his more recent leg injuries, not to mention previous back issues, clearly inhibited his swing, Woods still demonstrated enough residual power to drive the ball 300 yards without much effort. “You can just tell his leg isn’t quite up there yet,” Spaniard Rahm said. “He was limping on the course… You can just tell his leg and his body just aren’t used to walking that much.
“I believe if at home he can walk and build up strength and endurance in that sense, he can be competitive again.” “It’s the toughest walk of the whole year. He’ll be able to go somewhere that’s a little easier to walk. It won’t be as long, and I think he’ll be able to fight.”
Former PGA Tour player Brad Hughes, now an instructor for several tour players, observed how Woods’ swing changed following the car accident. “He seems to have trouble positioning himself in his legs and using his body heavily, which is obviously due to the lack of movement and strength in his legs,” Hughes told Reuters.
“It’s still not bad, but he looks stiff and not as explosive and in sync as usual.” Woods plans to play the British Open at St. Andrews in July, but says his appearance at the other two majors, the PGA Championship in May and the US Open in June, will depend on whether his rehabilitation continues.
The 46-year-old clearly ran out of time to win the three major tournaments needed to equal Jack Nicklaus’ record. A more realistic goal might be to claim another PGA Tour regular event and surpass the record of 82 he shares with the late Sam Snead.
Majors are part of the PGA Tour schedule.
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