Two-time US Open champion Curtis Strange believes Tiger Woods will anticipate an improved efficiency in subsequent week’s US PGA Championship in Tulsa.
Woods, who received his thirteenth main title the final time Southern Hills hosted the US PGA in 2007, has not performed competitively since ending forty seventh within the Masters.
That was the 46-year-old’s first top-level occasion since he suffered extreme leg accidents in a automobile crash in Los Angeles in February final 12 months, the 15-time main winner later saying that amputation of his proper leg had been “on the table”.
“We look back on it and it was fortunate he saved his leg,” mentioned Strange, who received the US Open in 1988 and 1989 and is now an analyst for broadcaster ESPN.
“He was lucky to be alive, and there he’s attempting to play Augusta, and he did. When he simply teed it up on Thursday I believed it was a victory of kinds, and I believe he talked about that as properly.
“Then when he made the minimize, I simply thought it was terrific; terrific that he tried, terrific that he gave it an effort, terrific that he performed fairly properly for not enjoying in such a very long time.
Woods might not have performed for the reason that Masters however he did take a current scouting journey to Southern Hills, enjoying all 18 holes with the membership’s director of golf Cary Cozby as his caddie.
There have been quite a lot of alterations to the course since Woods carded a second spherical of 63 on his method to victory 15 years in the past, whereas the match itself has shifted from being staged in August to Could.
And though the temperature isn’t forecast to match the 2007 heatwave – which prompted Colin Montgomerie to joke “at least it’s in the shade” after hooking a drive into the timber – the nice and cozy climate will probably be appreciated by Woods after chilly situations at Augusta.
“He’s had another five weeks or so to work on his body and get stronger,” ESPN analyst and two-time US Open winner Andy North mentioned.
“It’s going to be hotter, which he likes. I believed that the chilly climate on the weekend (at Augusta) actually did a disservice to him.
“Southern Hills is not the easiest walk in the world, but it’s not like Augusta. I think overall he’s probably in a better place than he was the Thursday before the Masters. It will be interesting to see if his play indicates that.”