Tiger Woods says he has recovered “night and day” from a sore back that hindered his preparations for the now-postponed Masters and misses the Augusta National showdown while quarantined. In an interview released Thursday by Woods sponsor GolfTV, the 15-time major champion said he is cycling more and playing tennis at times to stay fit and his back pain has eased. Tiger Woods says he would have been ready to defend his title at the Masters this week despite back pain that hampered his preparations for the now-postponed event at Augusta National “Night and day. I feel a lot better than I did then. I’ve been able to turn a negative into a positive,” Woods said. “I’ve been able to train a lot. I’ve been able to get my body back to where I think it should be at.” Woods, who says he would have been ready for the Masters this week, skipped last month’s Players Championship with back pain only to watch it be called off after 18 holes due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s hard to unwire those circuits now. I feel a little edgy. I want to get out there. I want to compete,” Woods said. “I felt really alive and wired and kind of irritable. I didn’t know what was going on. I realized it was Sunday and I was supposed to be flying up. “Subconsciously, I had already known I was supposed to be getting ready to go to be playing at the Masters this week. My body was ready to go.” Woods is also able to golf near his home at a course open despite the coronavirus pandemic that has pushed back the Masters to November and kept him and his family isolated at home. “I’ve been able to play some golf,” Woods said. “Medalist is still open here. Every course virtually to the south of us is closed but it remains open so it has been nice to go out there and play and hit golf balls a little bit… just get some activity and some peace of mind.” Players can’t touch rakes or flagsticks and carts are only for drivers, but the strange thing for the reigning Masters champion is practicing with no event in mind. “It’s weird practicing with no end goal to get ready for,” Woods said. “Hypothetically it could be this. Hypothectically it could be that. It seems like it changes from day to day. Week to week there’s always something new.” Read Also: Murray, Kerber to play in virtual Madrid Open“But I did take the jacket off. This jacket cannot get cupcake on it.”Woods said dealing with back pain, which led to spinal fusion surgery that enabled him to resume his career, has helped him cope with the enforced waiting he now faces.“To keep all our hopes up every day, sometimes it’s challenging,” Woods said. “I don’t know how long it’s going to work but so far these little mini goals have worked for us.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutDiscover How Women From Famous Paintings Looked Like In Real Life6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies – ‘Go from meal to meal’ – Woods, a five-time Masters winner, stages putting contests with son Charlie to decide in whose closet the green jacket will reside. That’s as close as any rival will get to taking it until November. “I guess I’ll be defending then. Hopefully that all comes about,” Woods said. “This is not the way I wanted to keep the jacket for a longer period of time. I wanted to get out there and earn it again like I did in ’02.” Woods has yet to sit down and sort out what his schedule plan might be when play resumes, knowing the virus impact could delay or cancel more events. “The way the schedule looks we’re going to be awfully busy in the fall,” Woods said. “Trying to figure all that out. “I’m going to sit down with my team and figure out what is the best practice schedule, what are the tournaments I should play in to get ready, when should I rest, all of the things that are kind of up in the air. “What I keep telling everyone around here is let’s just go from meal to meal and it will add up.” – Masters menu food fight – On Tuesday, Woods and his family dined on fajitas, sushi and sashimi with milkshakes for desert, the same menu he would have served that night at the Masters Champions Dinner. This one also included cupcakes and a most un-Masters-like closing food fight. “It got a little interesting at the end,” Woods said. “It got a little ugly where icing was flowing across people’s hair and face so we had a little bit of fun at the end.
O’Shea said: “The negative vibe around because of such poor performances has not totally gone – we didn’t win, we got a draw, but it’s something to start with.” The home side started the game well, but fell behind on the stroke of half-time when their concentrations slipped and Bafetimbi Gomis pounced to convert Kyle Naughton’s pass for his third goal in as many games. However, Sunderland were back on level terms with 62 minutes gone when Jermain Defoe fired past Lukasz Fabianski from Jeremain Lens’ through-ball, and they might have claimed all three points in a rousing finish during which they might have been awarded a penalty for handball against Ashley Williams. All in all, it was a much improved display from Advocaat’s men, with O’Shea’s leadership and organisational skills proving invaluable on his return to the team after being named only among the substitutes for the opening two fixtures. The Republic of Ireland international said: “Look, it’s one of those things. The manager is the manager. I have always been brought up in the way that you have to respect the decision of the manager. “I do my stuff in training and if he is going to pick me, he is going to pick me. That’s the way I have always kind of done things. “I was obviously delighted to come back in and help the team anyway I can. But more importantly, the squad a s whole, we have to have that attitude if we want to succeed in the Premier League. “Yes, everyone wants to play, but as the manager will always say, he’s going to have to disappoint a few people. That’s just the Premier League.” Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has urged his team-mates to use their first point of the season as a springboard to ease themselves up the Barclays Premier League table. The Black Cats belatedly opened their account for the campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Swansea on Saturday and showed commendable resilience to claw their way back into the game after falling behind. It was not the win head coach Dick Advocaat craved after desperately poor performances in defeat by both Leicester and Norwich and they remained at the foot of the table on goal difference, but it was a start. Advocaat hopes to increase that competition further during the remaining days of the transfer window and sent a fresh message to chairman Ellis Short, who had earlier used his programme notes to hit back at criticism of his reign, after the final whistle. The Dutchman said: “We still need something, and hopefully our president will realise that as well because you cannot bring that every week.” Opposite number Garry Monk headed back to South Wales bemoaning the two points that got away, but was satisfied with his side’s start to the season. He said: “At this moment in time, I think as a team we are a handful. That’s the way we set up, it’s the way I want us to play. “We are aggressive without the ball and we will try to be aggressive with it as well. Unfortunately, we didn’t the get three points we probably should have had.” Press Association
JOCKEY QUOTESTYLER BAZE, STUBBINS, WINNER: “I thought of sprinting early in when I saw the form yesterday, Steve said don’t get dirt in his face so plan A. I am excited for this horse and the opportunity, it’s not every day you get a good three-year old colt that comes around this time of year, hopefully I get to stick with him and we’ll see how far we’ll go because he’s pretty nice. I’ve never ridden him before, but from watching tape of all four of his races, he seemed very ‘push button.’ It sure looked like he’s a horse that wants to go and I’m glad they didn’t change the game plan in the paddock.” TRAINER QUOTESLEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TO DOUG O’NEILL: “When we ran him at Del Mar (finishing first and second in a pair of main track sprints on Aug. 4 and Aug. 26), we knew he was legit, but he had some issues with his shins, so we gave him the time off (roughly four months). He’s going up the ladder now, getting better and better with each race. This was huge today.” OWNER QUOTESJACK MCSHANE, STUBBINS, WINNER: “I had a food safety auditing company, so I ran a business for twenty years, I made some money then I was losing it and now things are better. I was a horse player (before owner) since I was in high school with my best friend Bob, we would go to the track after we left Santa Monica High School at 12 noon and go to Hollywood Park or come to Santa Anita. It’s unbelievably exciting to have this colt, plus the fact that team O’Neill has done such a great job, I couldn’t be more excited. I had envisioned something in a short distance for the future, but now I don’t know.”NOTES: The winning owner is McShane Racing, LLC