After several injuries, back surgeries and swing changes, Tiger Woods sounds at peace with his 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles.
Speaking to the media before this week’s Hero World Challenge — a tournament he hosts but won’t play in — Woods said he would be content with his career if he doesn’t win again.
“I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy,” he said before noting that though he is still four major titles short of Jack Nicklaus’s vaunted mark, he has eclipsed Nicklaus’s PGA Tour win tally by six.
It was a surprising statement from Woods, who typically is reluctant to admit that he’s lost any of his edge or competitiveness. Even during the low points of his career, Woods was always steadfastly bullish with the media about his chances to win several mores times in his 40s and potentially match or break Nicklaus’s major record.
Woods’s last win came at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013. He hasn’t played a tournament since he tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship in August, which was his only top-10 finish of the 2014-15 season. He has undergone two back surgeries since September.
Woods was asked Tuesday about a possible timetable for his return.
“I have no answer for that,” he said.
He said he has not begun any kind of rehabilitation and that he has not struck a golf ball in two months.