Tiger Woods is looking forward to playing his way onto the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team, to getting healthy enough to return to Tour play next season, and to all of his off the course ventures, according to a blog post on tigerwoods.com.
In an end of the year message, Woods began by reflecting on his early career achievements, including his 12-stroke Masters win in 1997 and his 142-consecutive cuts-made streak. He referred to his career in the sport as so lengthy that it “feels like 140 [years] but also feels like five.”
This pensiveness follows an interview with TIME magazine last month that gave fans a glimpse at a softer side of Woods, one that refused to let down a guard of ultra-competitiveness and determination.
Woods touched on his multiple back surgeries and injury-plagued seasons over the last five years, adding that he saw a glimmer of hope after finishing T17 at the Masters last April.
“The frustrating part was not being able to build on it throughout the year,” Woods said in his post. “To finally have it switch and turn in the last event I played at the Wyndham Championship, and then lo and behold, I can’t physically do it anymore. I’ve had two back surgeries since then, so it’s been a roller-coaster ride the entire year, from being down to some pretty darn good highs.”
Woods successfully opened a restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, in Jupiter, Fla., this year to rave reviews. He also expanded his course design portfolio by partially opening his first stateside course at Bluejack National outside of Houston, Tex. His foundation will enter its 20th year of helping over 135,000 children in STEM-based subjects. Though he still wants a chance to play at Hazeltine next year, Woods is thrilled about his opportunity to lead the U.S. Ryder Cup team along with former teammate Davis Love III as a vice captain. And despite ending a relationship with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn in May, he appears content with his personal life, spending more time with his kids, Sam, 7, and Charlie, 6, even referring to ex-wife Elin Nordegren as his “best friend.”
Woods will turn 40 on December 30th, and by the post, seems unable to reconcile his thoughts on what this birthday means for his health and his career.
“My friends keep asking me how it feels to be turning 40 at the end of the month and my response is, ‘It depends when you ask me,'” Woods said. “Mentally, people who know me know I’m like a five-year-old. Physically, sometimes I feel old and sometimes I feel like a teenager. I don’t like the polar opposites of the two. I’d like to be somewhere in the middle where I feel 40.”
Woods concluded by thanking his fans for all of their unwavering support, promising them he would be back sometime soon.
He mused: “Where do I see myself in the next five to 10 years? I am still playing golf at the highest level and winning tournaments and major championships.”
You can read the full post here.