Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Stoneman Douglas student volunteers at Honda Classic

Stoneman Douglas student volunteers at Honda Classic

- The last we saw of Tiger Woods at the Champions Course at PGA National Resort and Spa, he was walking gingerly to his auto after withdrawing after 13 holes in the final round of the 2014 Honda Classic due to back spasms.

The US PGA Tour s Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will be Woods s third start of 2018.

After making the cut at Torrey Pines in January, Woods missed the cut at Riviera Country Club last week, where he was again erratic off the tee and also struggled on the greens.

For Woods, this week marks his first start at the Honda Classic, his hometown event, since he withdrew from the final round in 2014 with lower-back problems after shooting five-over through 13 holes. The victor of 14 majors and 79 Tour titles has been woeful with the driver, hitting just 30 of 84 fairways in regulation, and erratic with his irons, hitting just 58 of 108 greens in regulation.

"I'm looking forward to April".

"I'm just learning how to play tournament golf again, and unfortunately I've made some mistakes. i.e., last week". - Jack Nicklaus has been extremely outspoken regarding the need for a reduced-flight golf ball and the negative impact he believes distance has had on the sport in recent years.

"I missed it, and it's becoming familiar again". I'm just learning how to play tournament golf again. I've talked to Mike a lot.

Black told him he had to be ready to play when it was his turn, and Nicklaus said he didn't want to walk around and possibly distract other players when they were hitting. Some of my shots, I like to play, they are not the same as they used to be. "It's just not good enough to do it on demand".

"But I don't think it's necessary, but obviously if you do win one, it makes you feel a little better about yourself going there".

"I think as long as you know that your game is in good shape and you're happy with all aspects, then you don't have to win a tournament", McIlroy said. It really isn't. Especially since I know how to play the golf course and wish I could play but I was unfortunately physically debilitated, I could not compete. "I'm trying to get my game solid for April and I've got some work to do", said Woods. I went up to him shook his hand and he looked me in the eyes and really wanted to have a conversation with me, it felt like he stopped what he was doing and he really cared about me and he was asking how I was doing.

"I wouldn't necessarily say I'm in catch-up mode".

As much as he would have liked to pick off a win on the West Coast, Woods said that it's not a prerequisite to have a chance at the Masters.

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