Jersey City, NJ- Each time Tiger Woods takes the course, it is impossible to not discuss his Herculean accomplishments. Woods authored the greatest moment of the 2019 season with his Masters win. The remainder of the year has been a mixed bag. He missed the PGA Championship and the Open Championship cut. He added three additional top-10 performances at the WGC Dell Tech Match Play, the WGC-Mexico Championship, and the Memorial. Another win gets Tiger to 82 PGA victories, which would tie Sam Snead’s all time record for PGA Wins.
Woods hasn’t seen an enormous amount of success in this tournament, but has played well at Liberty National. Tiger has only two top-10 performances at The Northern Trust. He finished tied for second in 2009 Behind only Heath Slocum and 2013 behind Adam Scott. Both performances came in the shadow of Lady Liberty. He played a modified nine on Tuesday and only putted and chipped the final nine of the pro-am on Wednesday thanks to a stiff back. Tiger has accepted that this is his new normal.
“Coming back from my procedure last year, I pushed it pretty hard. Vowed I would never do that again. I can’t practice as much as I would like. Certainly can’t even sniff how much I used to practice. So that’s a challenge, and trying to build up to events is hard.”
Tiger is also serving as a captain of the United States’ President’s Cup team and has to sort out the membership. As he stated after participating in the Northern Trust’s Pro-Am, “I told the guys last night, that what’s guaranteed are the top eight after next week. There’s no guarantee unless you finish in the top-eighth and then obviously continue to play well leading up to my picks on November 4th.
Tiger has his injuries, and duties to team on top of his own tournament ambitions. And his golf compatriots want to see him do well.
“Everything is a lot better with him”, said Brooks Koepka. “It’s good for the Tour; good for the players, good for the fans, the sponsors, everybody when he plays. I think we all know that. Everyone sees it from the TV ratings. When he’s here, there’s a lot more people here.”
Tiger tees off the 10th hole on Thursday morning at 7:43 AM at Liberty National with Scott Piercy and JT Poston along side him.