Tiger Woods is finally back to the golf course after a two-month break. The former world No. 1 competes in the US PGA Frys.com Open with a $5 million prize purse and is eager to prove that better days are ahead of him.
He made his last appearance two months ago when he failed to make the cut for the PGA Championship. And, what is even more upsetting, he also failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Forced to have a break, Woods had no choice but to train. This means that whatever the outcome of the Frys.com Open will be, it will not be because Woods did not train enough. He will also not be able to blame his new caddy – LaCava had worked with former world No. 1 player Fred Couples for 25 years and has plenty of experience.
Of course, the Frys.com is probably not where Tiger imagines himself. He is more used to major events than to the tournaments where golfers compete to secure next year’s PGA Tour membership. The event brought together just and 26 golfers from the top 100 on the money list, and six from the top 50. 27th-ranked Rory Sabbatini has the best position in the rankings. And then there is world No. 51 Woods who is just in 118th place on the PGA Tour money list after participating in just eight PGA events this year.
However, not everything looks grim for Woods. He signed his first endorsement deal since his troubles that began two years ago. And it is not just some agreement. The golfer landed a deal with Rolex and is going to be its ambassador for five years for an undisclosed sum.