AKRON, Ohio – Tiger Woods has emerged from an 11-week, injury-induced hiatus with a flourish, spending last Thursday and Friday huddled with swing coach Sean Foley at his south Florida golf club and Monday at Atlanta Athletic Club, site of next week’s PGA Championship.
According to Ken Mangum, AAC’s longtime director of golf courses and grounds, Woods teed off at 9 a.m. and played 18 holes with an unidentified group of friends before heading on to Ohio and this week’s World Golf Championships event at Firestone, his first start since he withdrew nine holes into May’s Players Championship.
“He was very nice,” Mangum said. “He seemed to enjoy the golf course and we’re just about at tournament speeds right now.”
Woods is scheduled to tee off for a practice round at Firestone around 7 a.m. on Tuesday and meet with the media at 10 a.m.
David Toms, who won the 2001 PGA at Atlanta Athletic Club, teed off just after Woods on Monday. Toms was particularly interested in AAC’s par-3 15th hole, which he aced during Round 3 in ’01 with a 5-wood. The hole has been extended from 227 yards in ’01 to 266 yards for Toms on Monday.
“He did say, ‘I don’t think I can hit 5-wood again,’” Mangum said.