Brooks Koepka on Tiger Woods: 'The Game Needs Him Big Time'

Brooks Koepka on Tiger Woods: ‘The Game Needs Him Big Time’

Tony Finau tees off on the 10th hole during round two of the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championships.
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Before Tiger Woods woke up the golf world by posting a video of his swing to Twitter on Wednesday, the 14-time major winner was hanging out with fellow Nike athletes during an event at his restaurant on Tuesday.

Tony Finau and Scott Pinckney both posted photos with Woods to social media accounts while dining at the Woods Jupiter. On Wednesday, before this week’s Honda Classic, Finau and others talked about their interactions with Woods, who hasn’t played since August and has had two back surgeries since. 

“It looked like he was enjoying being with us and having dinner,” Finau told the Golf Channel. “It was the first time I had spent time with him, so I don’t know how he normally is and there’s nothing for me to judge on. But he looked like he was in high spirits to me.”

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Brooks Koepka, who like Finau is new to the Nike family, said Woods looked like he was in good shape.

“It was good to see him,” Finau said. “He looks like he’s been hitting the gym pretty hard, or I guess not the gym but rehab. He looks physically really good compared to where he was a couple months ago, and it’s good to see because the game needs him big time.”

Rickie Fowler, during his press conference on Wednesday, added that “it’s awesome to see that he’s able to make some swings right now.”

As for when Woods officially returns to the course, it’s anybody’s guess, but social media certainly seemed to enjoy the news of him progressing.


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