A decision to skip the Safeway Open didn't keep Tiger Woods from hitting the practice range.
Woods committed to the season-opening event on Friday, but made an abrupt about-face Monday when he withdrew his name from the field. The 14-time major champ, who last played competitively in August 2015, is now targeting a return at the Hero World Challenge in December.
In explaining his withdrawal, Woods noted that while his game is "vulnerable," his body is healthy, and the very next day was hitting irons and fairway woods during a clinic at Monterey Peninsula Country Club near Pebble Beach. The clinic was part of the three-day Tiger Woods Invitational that benefits his charitable foundation:
In one of the videos uploaded to Twitter, Woods was heard responding to an audience question about his equipment options now that Nike has exited the golf equipment space.
"Yeah, I'm looking at a bunch of different things, absolutely. I want to see what's out there," Woods said. "We all, on the hard goods side, we all had a moment where it's like, 'Wow, we're actually out of this business.' So yeah, every person at Nike has been trying different stuff. Whether they put it in play or not is a whole other story. But we're free in that market."