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Tiger Woods feels ‘much stronger’ ahead of PGA Championship

Woods was playing his first tournament in nearly 17 months at Augusta National after sustaining serious leg injuries in a car crash in February 2021.

He has now arrived at Southern Hill Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma – the site of his fourth and most recent PGA Championship victory in 2007 – for the second men’s major of the year.

“Am I going to have full mobility? No. Never again,” Woods said Sunday.

“But I can get stronger. It’s going to hurt, but that’s how it’s going to be.

“I’m excited about (this week). I won’t be playing as much in the future, so every time I play it will be fun to play and compete. There are only a limited number of games of money that you can play at home.”

After shooting a 71 in the first round at the Masters, Woods followed with a 74, 78 and 78 to finish the tournament in 47th place.

“I’ve gotten a lot stronger since the Masters,” Woods told Golfweek.

“We went back to work on Tuesday (after the Masters). Monday was awful, I didn’t do anything, and Tuesday was leg day. So we left straight after. Everything is better.”

Previously, Woods said he would play the Open in St. Andrews, Scotland in July.

The PGA Championship begins Thursday. Defending champion and longtime Woods rival Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the tournament due to a continued absence from golf, while Scottie Scheffler headlines the draw as the new Masters champion and No. 1 worldwide.
And after finishing second to the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday, three-time major winner Jordan Spieth has shown promising form as he attempts to complete a career grand slam at the PGA Championship.

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