Woods, 43, hasn’t performed because the Masters. He bypassed the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., the place he has gained ahead of, however no longer, he mentioned, on account of any bodily infirmity.
Woods, who has had 4 again operations since 2014, alluded on Tuesday to a letdown after his emotional Masters end. “I wasn’t in a position but to begin the grind of practising and getting ready and logging all the ones hours once more,” he mentioned, including: “Coming here’s a other tale. I used to be ready to log within the hours, put within the time and really feel rested and in a position.”
Woods, a four-time P.G.A. champion, is scheduled to tee off at eight:24 a.m. Thursday with Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari.
To contend, Woods will wish to pressure the ball in addition to he did at Augusta Nationwide. The 7,500-yard Bethpage Black format is a beast, that includes two 500-yard par-4s. The tough is thicker than a hockey playoff beard, and the ball doesn’t commute to this point in cold climate. Now not that Max Homa, the winner of the Charlotte match, looked as if it would understand on Tuesday; he gained the long-drive contest with a 318-yard strive.
“If you’ll’t to find the green right here, I feel you’re in point of fact going to run into problems,” mentioned Koepka, who held off Woods to win remaining 12 months’s P.G.A. Championship at Bellerive Nation Membership and completed a stroke at the back of Woods on the Masters.
Within the 29-year-old Koepka, Woods may in any case have discovered the real rival who eluded him in his high.
“I don’t see it as a contention,” Koepka mentioned, “despite the fact that it’s a laugh to play in opposition to him, best possible participant to ever play the sport.”