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Tiger Woods discusses return to golf

08-03-2011 14:03 BJT

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We tee off with the return of Tiger Woods. The 14-time Major champion is preparing for his first tournament since withdrawing from the Players Championship in May because of injuries to his left leg. But as Peter Koveos tells us the story is not that Tiger is back, but who's left in the woods.

Tiger's back. After missing several months due to leg injuries, Eldrick Woods is back on course.

But the man leading him on that path for the last dozen years is no longer there. Two weeks ago the 14-time Major winner fired his long-time former caddie Steve Williams.

The former World No.1, Tiger Woods said, "Well I think it's... I felt it was time for a change. I felt that Stevie and I have had just an amazing run. Steve is a hell of a caddie, there's no denying that. He's helped my career, and I think I've helped his, as well. We've had a great partnership for 12 years, maybe a little bit more than that, won a bunch of tournaments, but I just felt it was time to change things up a little bit."

The split was less than amicable as Williams would later say he wasted the last two years of his life as Tiger went through physical and emotional turmoil -- Williams is now the caddie for Adam Scott.

The former World No.1 said, "It was a tough conversation, but we said what we needed to say to each other face to face and man to man."

Until Tiger finds a replacement, long-time friend Bryon Bell will be his interim caddie at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and next week's US PGA Championship.

But the health of Tiger's game does not lie with his caddie, nor his demeanor but his left leg.

Tiger Woods said, "The great thing is I don't feel a thing. It feels solid, it feels stable, no pain. As I said, that's one of the reasons why I took as long as I did to come back is that I want to get to this point where I can go ahead and start playing golf again like this. It's been a very long time, and it feels good to be able to go out there today and hit balls like this, go practice and feel nothing and walk around and pretty much do anything I want on the golf course."

The one thing he hasn't done much of lately is winning --- the last time he tasted victory was close to two years ago at the 2009 Australian Masters. He has also seen his ranking slip to number 28 in the world.

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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