The Great One–no offense, Wayne Gretzky–appeared on The Mike and Mike Show on ESPN radio this morning.
The Mikes discussed video games, the Super Bowl, Roger Federer, and Barack Obama with Tiger. But, most importantly, Woods discussed his upcoming return, while not pinpointing an exact date, much to the dismay of golf junkies everywhere.
He says practice is going well. Woods’ main focus right now is to get his ball count up, he says. Simply building endurance to practice his swing with enough repetition to get himself ready to compete again.
He can’t yet practice “all day” like he used to. How cool is that an athlete who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, who could retire now, even five years ago, and still be regarded as one of the greatest athletes ever, feels the need to still practice “all day”? That’s why he’s the best.
One comment that made me cringe: “It’s a nice feeling to swing and not feel your bones move.” Ouch.
So, the million dollar question is when will Tiger return?
The man is quite tight-lipped about it. Or, more likely, he just doesn’t know yet. No way Woods is going to return to competitive golf until he knows, with 100% certainty, that he’s ready.
If I had to guess, I would say he’ll come back for the WGC-CA event at Doral next month, or at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
I think Bay Hill is the event. The WGC is just over a month away, and I think he will err on the conservative side on this. Woods is the defending champ at Bay Hill, and the tourney is just two weeks before the Masters.
It’s all speculation. Regardless of when Tiger returns, he’ll give the Tour a much-needed shot in the arm.
Listen to the interview here.