Rickie Fowler says Tiger Woods is hitting it "way by" him in practice rounds

November 14, 2017

Ezra Shaw

It's been more than three weeks since Tiger Woods posted a swing video. It's been more than two weeks since the 14-time major champ announced he'll make his return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge. And it's been more than one week since his surprisingly candid conversation on Geno Auriemma's podcast.

In other words, we were hungry for a Big Cat comeback update by the time Tuesday evening rolled around. But thankfully, we got one -- even if it wasn't directly from Woods. Instead, it came courtesy of's Dylan Dethier, who probed Rickie Fowler for info regarding Woods' distance off the tee of late, and. . . better dust off your Sunday red shirts, everyone!

OK, so we might be overreacting just a tad. Despite their 13-year age difference, Woods was hitting it well past Fowler in last year's Hero World Challenge, and Fowler could just be feeding the Tiger frenzy. Still, we'll take any positive news regarding Woods' recovery from a fourth back surgery in April. And Fowler's quote is also in line with something Woods said in his chat with Auriemma.

"I can't believe how far I'm hitting the golf ball." Hmm.

We'll believe both of those claims when we see them -- and luckily, we won't have to wait long. Woods will be back inside the ropes in just two weeks. Well, more like in 16 days to be exact. But who's counting?