CARMEL, Ind. – Tiger Woods’ announcement Wednesday that he will play three events before the end of the year was a surprise to many, but not Jason Day.
The world No. 1 has kept in constant communication with Woods throughout this year as he rehabbed from back surgery last fall.
“I knew that he was close to coming back and we chatted a little bit,” Day said at the BMW Championship. “I don’t try and get into too much schedule stuff with him, but we chatted a bit and he felt like he was pretty positive with how the progression was going with his body and he was starting to make the turn with it.”
Day said the hardest part for Woods will be knocking off the competitive rust; Woods hasn’t played a competitive round since Aug. 23, 2015.
Barring a setback, Woods will play the Safeway Open, which begins Oct. 13, as well as the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open in November and the Hero World Challenge in December.
“Although we’re expecting big things from him, I don’t expect too much, even though he is Tiger Woods,” Day said. “It’s hard to say that, because he’s been out of the game for a while, but it’s always tough to come back, even though you’re one of the greatest of all time, it’s very difficult to get that sharpness back.
“It should take a few tournaments for him, but hopefully he gets it back pretty quickly and he can get back to – well, hopefully not the old ways – but more so closer to the old ways and it would be fun to play against him when he’s at his best.”