Nothing that happens this week at the Chevron World Challenge will provide definitive answers to those questions surrounding Woods. That will come next year in full-field tournaments, especially the majors. But it will be fascinating to see if Woods can build on his success Down Under.
"Playing Oz for two weeks, it was fantastic," Woods said on Wednesday after the pro-am round at Sherwood CC. "I hit all shots and all shapes. I was trusting my trajectory again. You get exposed in the wind. I felt very comfortable in that wind."
"Other than one day when I hit three bad tee shots and made no putts [during a third-round 75 in the Australian Open], I hit it really good," Woods said about Australia. He says he now understands all that Foley wants him to do with his new swing, and that he is healthy again and can practice enough to make it all work.
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"I feel very excited about next year," Woods said, while at the same time saying he has yet to plan his 2012 schedule and doesn't know when he will return to action. "It's going to be good to play a full schedule. I haven't done that in awhile."
In fact, because of surgery on his left knee, problems with his right Achilles and a messy and public divorce, Woods has played only 44 PGA Tour events since September 2007. This Chevron World Challenge feels a lot like it is not the last event of 2011 for Woods, but the first one of 2012. He sounds a lot right now like a guy looking forward and not back. And that can only be a good thing.
-- Ron Sirak
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