Date: February 22, 2018
Author: Martin Blake

I’m learning, says Woods

Tiger Woods heads to PGA National in Florida today in the next instalment of his comeback to tournament golf acknowledging that he needs time to progress after his spinal fusion.

"I'm still learning,’’ Woods told the media on the eve of the Honda Classic. “Probably the thing is I'm so happy I'm not in pain any more, but I'm still learning that I'm stiffer than I used to be. I can't create the same angles that I used to be able to create naturally.

“Obviously I'm fused, so it's a little bit different and I'm still learning what that feels like under the gun. Some of the shots I like to play, they're not the same as they used to be. And that part I'm going to have to learn. It's not something that I'm used to because I've never felt like this before, but this is the new norm."

Woods missed the cut at Riviera last week in his second full tournament since having his back operation last year.

But he is mindful that Augusta National and the Masters is only six weeks away.

"I'm looking forward to April, I'm trying to get my game solid for April and I've got some work to do," he said. "It's tournament reps. And I need tournament reps."

Only two Australians are in the field this week – Greg Chalmers and Adam Scott.