Tiger playing Riv: Max Homa quips, ‘We’ll be carrying him down the hill at 1…’
Tiger Woods will play a small official PGA Tour event for the first time in over two years when he takes part in the Genesis Invitational next week.
The announcement of Woods’ intention was made during Friday’s second round of the WM Phoenix Open, so give credit to Max Homa for his quick wits when he caught up with the latest post-round news.
“It’s amazing,” Homa said. “I guess we’ll carry it down the hill at 1 and up it at 18. That no one will mind.”
Homa, who played the first two rounds of the Open Championship last summer alongside one of his childhood heroes, then turned serious: “But it’s amazing. I’m very glad he’s back. I think we are happy when he plays now. we don’t know his schedule. He looks like he’s going to try big tournaments, so it’s really cool that he’s playing the Tour. Especially his tournament. One of my favourites, so I’m thrilled to have him back there… Yes, he’s always great. You never know what he’s going to do, so it will be fun to watch him play golf.”
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Woods competed in three major championships last year, only missing the US Open, but he hasn’t registered a regular PGA Tour start since the 2020 Zozo championship. Back in December ahead of the Hero World Challenge, which he withdrew from due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot, he said he expected to play on a very limited schedule outside of major tournaments, mainly due to injuries to his right foot. in a car accident in February 2021.
“The goal is to play only major championships and maybe one or two more. That’s it,” Woods said. “Physically, that’s all I can do. I told you guys, you know, earlier this year too. I mean I don’t have much left at this stage so get ready for the biggest ones and hopefully you know the lightning is on fire in the bottle and I’m fighting for a chance to win and hopefully I remember how to do it.”
John Rahm was more surprised than Homa to learn that Woods would join the top players in the world on the Riviera for the $20 million prize pooled event.
Does he play Riva? Ram said. “Okay. Well, I didn’t know. Good to hear. Good to hear. After everything he’s been through. It’s unbelievable that he keeps trying. “I really sympathize with him in that sense. But I know that he will continue to do his best to keep trying to win more tournaments. Perhaps win the 83rd victory. I hope it’s obvious he’s thinking about the Major, right?”
“So this is a real honor for all of us. Every time Tiger can be on the golf course, the game makes the tournament even better. So I hope he can play comfortably and I hope he can play well.”
Tom Kim added: “I think it’s great for the game. As a player, even I am a big Tiger fan, it would be great for him to be on the field. I hope I can train somehow and I kind of hope I can play him if I get the chance.”