Woods optimistic for 2018, but schedule still unclear

first_imgAustralia doubts as Djokovic pulls out of Qatar Open Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Tiger Woods of the United States warms up on the range prior to the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas on December 3, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPTiger Woods said Friday he’s taken his game to another level, but his 2018 schedule remains unclear as he plots his comeback from injury.The 14-time major champion posted a lengthy blog on his website, reflecting on 2017 and looking ahead to a 2018 that he hopes will see him playing a full schedule and contending on the US PGA Tour.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments LATEST STORIES Woods missed all of the 2015-16 season and his comeback attempt in early 2017 was cut short when back trouble flared again.He underwent yet another back procedure in April and was sidelined until the Hero World Challenge, the unofficial event he hosts for charity.Woods, who said he was finally playing without pain, finished tied for ninth in the field of 18 — and briefly held the lead during the second round.“It was nice to have played well enough to do that after being gone so long,” he said.Woods was pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness of the shorter swing that resulted from his spinal fusion surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “My swing is definitely shorter and I can’t turn as far,” he said. “But I was surprised at how explosive I was.“And on top of that,” he added, “how well I putted. I had been rolling it well at home, but it’s totally different when you have adrenalin in your system. I’m more than a full-club longer than when I shut it down.”Even with all those positives, Woods indicated that there will be plenty of unknowns in 2018, particularly as regards his schedule.He did say that “one way or another” he’ll be at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles for the Genesis Open from February 15-18 — although that could be as a player or in his role as host of a tournament run by his charitable foundation.Longtime Woods watchers also wonder if he might tee it up three weeks earlier at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines near La Jolla, California.Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines — including at the 2008 US Open, the most recent of his 14 major triumphs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Now, I feel I’ve taken it to another level,” Woods said of the strides he’s made since an encouraging return to competition at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in November.“I’m continuing to progress and trying to get strong enough to where I can handle a workload again. I would love to play a full schedule in 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“What that entails, including back-to-back events, I don’t know,” Woods said. “I just have to continue to work on my body and game and see where I pan out.“I wish I knew where I was going to play and when I was going to play –- it’s a lot easier to prep for that -– but we really don’t know. This is all unchartered territory.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more