PARAMUS – Fourteen-time Major winner Tiger Woods says the support he has received from the galleries this year shows how “appreciative” fans are of his latest comeback effort.
The 42-year-old underwent a fourth back surgery in April last year that caused him to question whether he would ever play competitive golf again.
But since his return to the sport in November, Woods has gradually played his way into form and looked close to his best when he finished second at this month’s PGA Championship.
“I think people are more appreciative,” Woods told reporters before a practice round at Ridgewood Country Club yesterday. “They’ve all gone through it - when you get to your forties you’re feeling it.
“They know I’m at the tail end of my career. I don’t know how many years I’ve got left, but I’m certain I’m not like I was when I was 22. At 42, it’s a different ball game.”