At a tournament sponsored by a paint company Woods didn’t produce a masterpiece but his misses off the tee (mostly to the left) were playable and he was able to recover. “It’s getting better every day” caddie Joe LaCava said. “He’s hitting more of the stinger shot and that piercing 3-wood so you know he’s feeling decent when he hits those shots.”
“Smoked it” Woods said of his 3-wood. “Flew it 280 with a nice high cut off a downhill lie. Not exactly an easy shot to hit but I pulled it off.” One hole later Woods poured in a 26-footer and finished his birdie-fest on the 5th by flighting a low knocked-down wedge from 93 yards that spun back to 3 feet.
He endured a “medical issue” that he downplayed as “nothing worse than a paper cut” but caused him to lose more than 20 pounds. He said he dreaded stepping on the scale as his weight plummeted as low as 160 pounds. His wife Angie had knee surgery a period during which Bubba was a stay-at-home dad and son Caleb started kindergarten.