load_file(“/includes/top.html”);load_file(“/includes/navmenu.html”);HOMESPORTSWoods ready for actionSource:Agencies Published: 2019/10/21 17:33:39load_file(“/includes/article_shareup.html”);Chance to assess form, fitnessTiger Woods hits a tee shot on Monday in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. Photo: VCGTiger Woods on Monday declared himself “right on schedule” after recent knee surgery as he prepares to return to competition at this weeks Zozo Championship following two months on the sidelines.Speaking at his first press conference since an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on August 21, Woods left no doubt that he would be ready for Thursdays first round when the US-based PGA Tour plays its first official-money event in Japan.But he also revealed the knee had bothered him throughout his 2019 campaign, which famously included his Masters triumph, and that he had originally planned to have the surgery at the end of last year, before postponing it.”Ive been battling through this entire year trying to piece it together,” said the 15-time major champion, whose season petered out after his Augusta National victory in April.”It progressively got worse, to where it started affecting my back and the way I was walking and trying to play, trying to read putts and all of the above.”So Im excited about having this end-of-the-year run where Im feeling much more fit and I dont have the achiness that Ive been dealing with for the last couple of years.”The famously private Woods was typically vague about when he had started practicing again after the procedure, the fifth on his banged up left knee.This weeks tournament at Narashino Country Club will be the 43-year-old Americans final chance to assess his form and fitness before deciding whether to include himself as a player on the US team that he will captain at the Presidents Cup.He said that getting the ­surgery done had improved the chances he can justify picking himself for the December 12-15 event against an International team at Royal Melbourne in Australia. Woods has two more weeks before naming four wild card selections to complete his 12-man lineup.”It made me more hopeful,” he said of his thoughts post-­surgery. “Its been nice to finally get over the hump and start feeling good again and start going at it full speed.”Woods, wearing a dark blue sleeveless sweater, flashed his famous smile multiple times for the cameras during the ­interview. He was speaking before a Monday afternoon exhibition with Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day.Last week, Woods said he is writing a book called Back, which he describes as his ­definitive ­story and says will clear up a lot of the “errors” and misinformation about his hall of fame golf career.Woods, who won the 2019 Masters for his 15th major title, says he is writing the book with the cooperation of his family, friends and “inner circle.”The memoir will cover his days as a young golf prodigy and then his rise to win all four major championships at the same time, he said.It will also explore his personal issues and injuries including the four back surgeries that led up to his stunning triumph at Augusta National earlier this year.Woods is making his first appearance in Japan in 13 years, after being a regular visitor for the first decade of his professional career.RELATED ARTICLES:Tiger Woods undergoes knee surgery, targets return in OctoberPosted in: GOLF/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1167466;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname + .disqus.com/embed.js;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.blog comments powered by Disqusload_file(“/includes/channel_right.html”);load_file(“/includes/footer.html”);$(document).ready(function($){$(“#channel-list .row-content”).each(function(){  if($(this).children().length==1){$(this).children().css(width,100%);}

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