Feeling good

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 May 2020

Tiger Woods says while his surgically repaired back may never be 10-out-of-10 again, it won't stop him from being healthy and ready to go when the PGA Tour starts up again.

The 44-year-old Woods says he's been able to use the down time during the coronavirus pandemic to get himself in shape for an expected condensed fall golf season.

"It is going to be interesting," said Woods during a four-man charity golf tournament in Florida. "I am used to trying to peak for Majors in April, May, June and July. Now this [Covid-19] has changed everything."

Asked to rate how his back feels on a scale of one to 10, Woods said: "Let's just say 10 is not what it used to be."

Woods and Phil Mickelson and NFL quarterback legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady squared off in an entertaining made-for-television charity golf event that raised US$20 million (HK$156 million) for coronavirus relief efforts.

Woods, who paired with Manning, showed no rust as they held off a back-nine rally from Mickelson and Brady for a one-up victory in the 18-hole match play format.

The event, called "The Match: Champions for Charity," marked a return to the golf course for Woods and Mickelson.

The PGA Tour is on hiatus until June 11, when the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial is scheduled to begin in Texas.

Woods said the forced break has been refreshing and described his health as surprisingly good considering he has been taken out of his regular training regime.

Apart from spending more time with his family, he has added tennis to his workouts.

The entertaining match featured plenty of friendly banter and trash talking.

Brady made the shot of the day on the par-5 seventh. His approach shot landed just past the hole before spinning wildly to the right and rolling into the center of the cup.

The shot was notable for another reason: Brady also split his pants on the shot, resulting in a hasty costume change.

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