Former world golf number one Tiger Woods has warned his rivals that he is “only going to get stronger” ahead of the Open Championship 2014 next week at Royal Liverpool (Hoylke) Golf Club.
38 year-old Woods, underwent back surgery in March 2014 and missed the cut on his return at the PGA TOUR 2014 Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament in June.
But the 14-time major winner won the Open the last time it was at Hoylake, in 2006, and feels good for this year.
“I’ve got my speed back,” Woods said after a practice round. “I can do whatever I want. I’m at that point.”
The American who has won the Claret Jug on three occasions, said a cautious approach to his return to fitness has paid dividends.
He is now ready to challenge for his first golf major title since the 2008 US Open Golf Championship.
Tiger Woods major titles
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|1997, 2001, 2002, 2005||2000, 2002, 2008||2000, 2005, 2006||1999, 2000, 2006, 2007|
“The little baby steps worked,” Woods said. “We were very diligent about what I was doing. Going into it we pushed it pretty hard to get my abs and glutes strong so when I did come back I was able to rebound fast.
“Before I had the procedure, I was at the point I couldn’t do anything. I had my good weeks and bad weeks. Now they are all good.”
Despite missing the cut on his PGA TOUR comeback, Tiger said his golf workout in Bethesda gave him belief he could compete again.
“Congressional was big for me, the fact I could go out there and play and I got better as the days went on,” Woods said.
Woods only used his driver once in 2006, using irons and 3-woods off the tee on the rock-hard links and is confident about the way he is playing ahead of this year’s tournament.
“I’m starting to hit the ball out there again. I’m only going to get stronger. As the weeks go on, I’m getting strong and faster.”