Tiger Woods continues his comeback after a serious leg injury at the PGA Championship next week after sensationally returning to the Masters last month with great curiosity about the state of his game.

The 15-time major champion trained last month at Southern Hills and excited fans are hoping he will be able to improve his 47th place in Augusta National, where Woods called the 72-hole finish one of the greatest achievements of his career.

“Some of the players close to me saw it and saw what I had to go through,” Woods said last month. “It was a difficult path and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to go through.

“I think it was positive and I have something to work on and I’m looking forward to it.”

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Woods, a former number one in the world who now ranks 804th, won the 2007 PGA Championship in Southern Hills and is returning to Tulsa, Oklahoma, 15 months after a serious car accident that so badly injured his right leg that he feared it might be amputated.

“To move from here to here, we’re excited about the prospects of the future, the workouts, the fact that we can get into this gym and do some other things to strengthen my leg,” Woods said after his last Masters tour last month. .

“We’ll be back after that.”

The 46-year-old Woods scored 63 points in the second round in 2007 in Southern Hills on his way to the title and returned a few weeks ago to see what changes the track reconstruction has brought after a four-day walk has become a serious endurance. test.

“It caused a lot of excitement even before it landed,” Southern Hills Golf Director Carrie Cosby told The Golf Channel. “He left here as if Elvis were leaving the stage.”

In 2019, Southern Hills was overhauled, bunkers were remodeled and many trees removed.

“He remembered the whole golf course, every stick he hit,” Cosby said. “He seemed to like the change.”

Augusta National has offered one of the toughest walks of any season, but the Southern Hills have only a few major climbs that should be an easier test as Woods awaits the UK Open at St Andrews in July.

“I have days when I just don’t want to do anything. It just hurts. These are the hard days, ”Woods admitted in August.

“I just have to go through it. To recover, you just need to go out and invest time.

Woods struggled through back whining and knee injuries to win the 2019 Masters for his first major win in 11 years, only to face the latest setback since a car crash in California in February 2021.

Players and spectators applauded Woods, who entered the 2022 World Golf Hall of Fame, on his return to the Masters.

“We should all thank Tiger for where the game is,” said four-time grand winner Rory McIlroy.

“I think Tiger has left a bigger mark in this game than anyone else in history. We were all lucky that we played at a time when he was around because we all benefited from him. ”

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