Tiger Woods is one week away from his return at the Hero World Challenge, and according to Jason Day, the 14-time major-winner is feeling better than he has in years.
Day is teeing it up at his native Australian Open this week and spoke freely with the press about Woods, a close friend of his.
"I did talk to him and he did say it’s the best he’s ever felt in three years," Day said of Woods, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. "He doesn’t wake up with pain anymore, which is great."
Woods spent much of the last three years in pain via back issues, and he played the worst golf of his career before undergoing multiple back surgeries. Then Woods underwent fusion back surgery this spring and has been slowly progressing back into playing form.
His prospects have been debated intensely, often in response to videos posted on social media. Day has viewed plenty of that, too.
"From what I see on Instagram and what he’s been telling me, he says he’s ready," Day continued, "and I’m hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he’s hitting it very long."