Tiger Woods 'A Lot Stronger' Since The Masters

The 15-time Major winner makes his second start of the year at this week's PGA Championship

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Tiger Woods says he has got "a lot stronger" since his Masters return last month at Augusta National.

The 15-time Major champion makes his second start of the year at this week's PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he won his fourth Wanamaker Trophy 15 years ago.

Woods arrived in Tulsa on Sunday and played the front nine before scouting out the back nine on Monday. He was "walking taller, swinging freer and looking stronger" according to Golfweek's Steve DiMeglio.

“I’ve gotten a lot stronger since the Masters,” Woods told Golfweek (opens in new tab). “We went back to work on Tuesday [after the Masters]. Monday was awful; I did nothing and Tuesday was leg day. So we went right back after it. Everything is better."

“It’s only going to keep getting stronger,” he said of his rehabilitated right leg, which he feared was going to be amputated following his horrific single car crash in LA last February. "The more I use it, the more strength it gains. Am I ever going to have full mobility? No. Never again. But I’ll be able to get stronger. It’s going to ache, but that’s the way it’s going to be.

“I’m excited about [the week ahead]. I’m not going to play that much going forward so anytime I do play, it’s going to be fun to play and to compete. There only so many money games you can play at home.”

Woods' caddie Joe LaCava also spoke to Golfweek, saying he had spent three days in Florida with Tiger last week after a trip to Southern Hills last month.

“We were doing some practising and some playing, so it was a combination,” LaCava said of their time in Florida last week. “We were not just playing and not just practising. We were kind of mixing it up, kind of simulating what you might do at a tournament, doing some chipping and putting before and after, so you’re on your feet a little bit longer.

“Other than the fact that he won here in 2007, I think it’s the stamina and endurance thing that excites him the most.”

Woods wowed the golfing world in the opening round of The Masters last month, where he was inside the top-10 after round one thanks to a 71 (-1). He eventually finished 47th after rounds of 71-74-78-78.

He has won four PGA Championships, in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007.


Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

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