When occasional slumps interrupted his endless run of victories earlier in his PGA Tour career, Tiger Woods used to always say he was close to regaining his form.
Now, with his health compromised by a continuous stretch of injuries and his career threatened by a painstakingly slow recovery from back surgery last fall, Woods can only talk about being close to playing again.
Woods, who turned 40 in December, can certainly distinguish between the two.
"The difference is, unfortunately, I've had enough surgeries over the years, I know what it feels like when I am close to coming back to playing," Woods said Monday."Then again, I also know what it feels like...
Tiger Woods, left, and Phil Mickelson wait on the tee box at No. 7 during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday.