MELBOURNE, Australia — Tiger Woods doesn't quite know how to thank his Presidents Cup teammates for the role they played in lifting him out his injury funk a year ago. Ranked 1,142nd in the world when he arrived at Liberty National in New Jersey last September, where he served as an assistant to U.S. captain Steve Stricker, Woods delivered a grim and honest press conference. He conceded retirement was a possibility. Royal Melbourne, where he was on hand to preview the 2019 Presidents Cup. "The guys were very supportive … the text messages and calls I got last year through to the Presidents Cup were very uplifting. They just wanted to make me part of the game again because I didn't know if I could do it or not." the U.S. thumped the Internationals at Liberty, Woods posted his "smooth iron shots" video on social media. Five months later he showed promising signs on the Florida swing, highlighted by a T-2 finish at Innisbrook. And in September — less than a year after that gloomy Presidents Cup presser — Woods won his 80th PGA Tour title at the Tour Championship. He is now ranked 14th in the world. including at the PGA Championship, and seven top-10s. He described the scene on the 72nd hole of the Tour Championship, when thousands of fans trailed him up the fairway, as "one of the more special moments I've had in my entire career." is to play less next year. "I'm trying to pace myself next year, do a better job of that with the entire 12 months," he said. "Hopefully, I learned my lessons this year."