Tiger Woods is playing some of his best golf in years as he takes to one of his favorite courses this weekend at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.
After undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April a year ago, Woods was unsure that he would ever be able to play golf again, let alone to the sort of level which made him the most successful player of his generation. "I use it as a week to try and work on my game and if I get myself into contention, then that's just a bonus", said McIlroy. But I also want to play well and win tournaments through this.
"And now it feels like I can play with them and, you know, I don't feel intimidated in any way". I need to keep it that way.
Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 48, are competing in this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that begins Thursday at Firestone. If he wins again, he will have the most victories at the same venue in PGA Tour history.
After feeling he should have won The Open Championship, Woods has that swagger back and the game is better for it.
The Open was a place where he didn't have to hit driver to have the distance to make holes easier, which could be one reason why he finished T-6.
Woods' impressive birdie, his third of the round through eight holes, put him fourth on the leaderboard and just four strokes off the leader, Kyle Stanley. He ended up 3 strokes behind victor Francesco Molinari.
Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said that "we are closer than we have been" to working out the details and that he expected it to occur "this year, " with the location and date still to be determined. The way that I tier players is relative to the field, so you might see some bigger names in the "middle tier" section that you usually wouldn't. I had a great chance at Valspar early in the year, and even a week ago I had a great shot at it. He was getting his first look at the course in four years on Wednesday afternoon.
This event is nearly always loaded up with superstars playing a nondescript course that nearly always delivers a big name champion. He started his PGA Tour season in January at No. 647.
The birdie putt pulled up inches short and Woods finally paid for some wayward driving when he was unable to scramble par on his final hole after finding a fairway bunker off the tee. This year, his career has continued to trend nicely with a couple of impressive top-five finishes at the WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. It will certainly be different, but my job is to get on the team. I'm sort of sad it's going to be the last one here.
At 47th in the standings at the moment, chances are he will certainly be in the top 70 that make the BMW Championship.