Distractions continue for Tiger Woods at the Australian Open
The 14-times major champion feels he is getting back to his best after five years of injuries
Tiger Woods can’t escape controversy at the moment but at least his injury hell looks like being behind him.
Woods has slipped to 58 in the world rankings following a disastrous couple of years and has once again become embroiled in controversy following comments from former caddie Steve Williams.
Williams is currently caddying for World No.8 Adam Scott who has decided to stick with the New Zealander despite the comments that Williams admits could be “construed as racist.”
Speaking about the incident in Sydney, Woods said: “It was a wrong thing to say. We’re moving forward. It was hurtful certainly, but life goes forward.”
Scott and Woods won’t play together in the first two rounds but the spectre of Williams and his comments will loom large all week.
It all adds up to yet more distractions for the former world No.1 but, despite the continuing problems, Woods remains confident about his chances at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney this week.
Speaking to Australian radio station, Triple M, Woods said: “I’ve had a ruptured ACL, I’ve had a broken leg, a torn achilles, and strained ligaments over the last five years,”
“I’ve been rehabbing for so long I haven’t been able to train.
“Now I’m starting to get going, I’m starting to do all my explosive training again.
“I’m hitting the ball distances I know I can hit the golf ball again, it’s getting fun.”
Woods is second favourite at 10/1 to win the event behind 2009 champion Scott at 8/1.