Tiger Woods tees it up in the Frys.com Open this week looking to rediscover the form that has eluded him the past two years.
The fact Woods is even teeing it up in a Fall Series event shows he is approaching his game in a different way these days – he would not even have considered entering such a lowly event a few years ago.
He needs to get back playing though and – having slipped to a previously unimaginable 51 in the world rankings – this is the perfect tournament to get his swing and confidence back.
He has been installed as the big 6/1 favourite and, with Dustin Johnson’s former caddy Joe LaCava on his bag for the first time, he will attract plenty of punters.
“I’m excited to be back,” said Woods to his website. “I’ve had good practice sessions at home and am eager to get back under the gun.”
One of those good practice sessions saw him shoot a course record ten under-par 62 at the Greg Norman-designed Medallist course in Florida last weekend.
However, no-one knows better than Woods that playing in a tournament is a completely different scenario.
It promises to be an intriguing event with former Major winner Ernie Els second in the betting at 20/1 and Englishman Paul Casey out at 25/1 to finish top of the leaderboard.
It will also be perfect preparation for Woods’ appearance at next month’s Australian Open which should provide a far bigger clue as to where Woods’ game currently is.