Tiger Woods Makes a Come Back to Competitive Golf

Nassau, Bahamas – Tiger Woods gives Derek Jeter some golfing tips as he sharpens his skills before he returns to competitive golf this week.

Derek Jeter, a former New York Yankees baseball player who has hardly ever played any kind of golf during his baseball days joined Tiger Woods at the Albany Golf Club for a round of golf on Monday. 

The two have never played together and Jeter was quite excited about it given that he is looking to improve his handicap which is around 10. Woods on the other hand was testing his skills as he prepares to return to competitive golf this Thursday at the Hero World Challenge.

The two were also joined by former New York Yankee player Tino Martinez and Open Championship English player, Justin Rose. There was pleasant ribbing on the course from the 10th to the 18th as Woods gave Jeter some good honest advice about golf.  

40-year old Woods spend more than two hours hitting balls before taking to the range for another long session.

“I hit it good today,” said Woods.

Woods return to golf is one that has been highly anticipated since he last played in August 2015 at the Wyndham Championship. Although he admits he is nervous about returning to competitive golf, his golf skills at the Albany course were an indication that he is ready to play with the big boys.

“Yes, I’m nervous,” Woods said. “I’m nervous for every tournament I play in, whether it’s after a lay-off, or six in a row, or a major. I care. If I care, I’m nervous. And it’s good to be that way. I want to be out here so bad. There is that part of me that is the competitor who wants to beat these guys. I want to compete.”

The Hero World Challenge tournament event which is starting on Thursday also benefits Woods foundation. Woods will be testing his Taylormade equipment at the event and he’ll be wearing the new Nike TW ’17 shoes.

“I’m ready to go,” said Woods. “I have way more shots now, because I’ve played way more golf. I only had a handful of shots back then and you just saw a session where I hit everything. And I had control of everything. I can hit all the shots now go.”

“It was a smart decision in the end to pull out of the tournaments. The competitor inside me wanted to go so badly, I was itching to go, I had been playing at home, and I thought I could get it around. I had played feeling worse and won golf tournaments. But I finally decided why rush … I had waited more than a year, so let’s wait a little more and get it right.”

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