Woods, forward of busy two weeks, declines Saudi provide

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As he gears up for 2 of the busiest weeks he has had on a golf course seemingly in years, Tiger Woods on Tuesday talked about what he’s finished since equaling Sam Snead’s PGA Tour document of 82 victories and his strategy heading into his high-profile December.

FILE PHOTO: Tiger Woods shoots on the ninth gap throughout the second spherical of the Zozo Championship, a PGA Tour occasion, at Narashino Nation Membership in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, Japan October 26, 2019, on this photograph launched by Kyodo. Necessary credit score Kyodo/by way of Information

He additionally addressed the controversies surrounding skilled golfers accepting large paydays to play in Saudi Arabia, as ESPN reported Woods himself declined a big-money provide to play within the Saudi Worldwide from Jan. 30-Feb. 2.

Woods is within the Bahamas, the place he’ll face 17 of the world’s prime golfers this weekend within the Hero World Problem — an occasion his TGR Basis hosts. After the event, Woods will head to Australia to each captain and play for the USA within the Presidents Cup starting Dec. 12.

“I took a while off, did some issues round the home, and that’s about it,” Woods stated on a narrative posted to his web site, talking about life since profitable the Zozo Championship in October to tie Snead. “Then I’ve been organizing these two weeks — working with my workers right here (on the Hero World Problem), after which working with the Tour, and speaking with the fellows for subsequent week, ensuring all the things is in line.

“It’s lengthy days. Lengthy nights. I’m nonetheless taking part in, too, so I gotta apply, I gotta practice, lifting. It’s burning the candle on each ends for 2 weeks in a row. It’s gonna be robust.”

Woods additionally stated the knee surgical procedure he opted for in August, as his recreation received away from him down the stretch of the season, has paid dividends on the course in current weeks.

“I’m capable of make strikes that I haven’t for fairly a while,” he instructed his web site.

Woods additionally spoke out in regards to the controversy that has erupted since Phil Mickelson introduced Monday he’s the newest golfer to simply accept an invite to the Saudi Worldwide, a event in Saudi Arabia that sometimes pays the world’s prime golfers seven-figure look charges.

The European Tour and golfers who journey to the occasion have come underneath growing scrutiny within the final 12 months over taking part in in Saudi Arabia in gentle of the nation’s human rights document. That scrutiny intensified after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed contained in the Saudi consulate inside Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018.

Woods declined a suggestion of round $three million to play the upcoming Saudi occasion, in line with ESPN.com. He instructed the web site of the choice, “I simply don’t need to go over there. It’s a great distance.”

Whereas Mickelson will not be the one big-name golfer to comply with play the Saudi Worldwide — 2019 winner Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia and Tony Finau are amongst those that are additionally scheduled to compete — Mickelson’s resolution is the one which led to questions for Woods.

“I perceive the politics behind it,” Woods stated at a information convention. “But additionally the sport of golf might help heal numerous that, too. It could possibly assist develop it. And likewise numerous prime gamers are going to be taking part in there that exact week.

“It’s historically not a golf hotbed, the Center East. But it surely has grown fairly a bit. I bear in mind going to Dubai for my very first time and seeing perhaps two or three buildings within the skyline. Now there’s a New York Metropolis skyline. Once more, golf has grown. There have been only some programs once I went to Dubai and now they’re all over the place. Identical with Abu Dhabi, and perhaps finally in Saudi Arabia.”

Woods performed in 12 occasions final season, trying higher than he has in years and placing collectively one of many largest tales in sports activities when he received the Masters in April.

—Area Stage Media