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(Reuters) – Tiger Woods was unable to mount a final-day cost on Sunday on the Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades, California, however after finishing 72 holes on the PGA Tour for the primary time in almost a yr the American stated he was making progress.
Woods carded a two-over-par 73 at Riviera Nation Membership that left him one below on the week and nicely out of rivalry only a day after electrifying followers with a 67 that was decrease than all however two different golfers.
Nonetheless, the occasion marked the primary time Woods accomplished 4 rounds on the PGA Tour since final April’s Masters the place he competed for the primary time since sustaining traumatic accidents in a near-fatal February 2021 automotive accident.
“It is progress, headed in the best route,” Woods, 47, instructed reporters after his first aggressive occasion since final July’s British Open. “It definitely was slightly bit harder than I most likely let on.
“My crew has been incredible in getting my physique recovered day after day and getting me able to play every day.”
Woods has made no secret that bodily limitations could be his largest hurdle going ahead however regarded largely comfy all week at Riviera in comparison with final yr when he was noticeably limping on his surgically repaired proper leg.
The 15-times main champion bought the ultimate spherical off to a pleasant begin as he drained a 14-foot birdie putt on the opening gap however reached the flip at two over following a five-hole stretch throughout which he made three bogeys.
Woods blended two birdies with a pair of bogeys the remainder of the way in which.
When requested about his schedule, particularly because it pertains to tune-up occasions forward of the April 6-9 Masters, Woods remained non-committal.
“Here is the deal: Like I instructed you guys final yr, I am not going to play any greater than most likely the majors and perhaps a pair extra,” stated Woods.
“That is it, that is all my physique will permit me to do. My again the way in which it’s, all of the surgical procedures I had on my again, my leg the way in which it’s, I simply cannot. That is simply going to be my future.
“So my intent final yr was to play in all 4 majors, I bought three of the 4. Hopefully this yr I can get all 4 and perhaps sprinkle in a couple of right here and there.
“However that is it for the remainder of my profession. I do know that and I perceive that. That is simply my actuality.”
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)