VIDEO / Tiger Woods has goose and critics in his sights

A video of Tiger Woods almost taking out a goose with one of his drives has had golf fans laughing, but his driving stats have golf fans amazed.

Just a year ago any golf fan who thought Tiger Woods would make a good recovery and play more than two tournaments in a row was considered an optimist at best. Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2017 and looked a broken man as he hobbled off the golf course.

Barely able to stand without pain for much of the year a fused back operation and a run in with local law enforcement had Woods at his lowest point since, well, probably 2009. But Woods looks not just back on track to play out full tournaments again, but looks set to make a run at winning another tournament.

In the last month, Woods has played three tournaments starting with a tie for 23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open, a missed-cut at the Genesis Open and a 12th place finish at last week’s Honda Classic. Good performances from someone who managed to play just 11 full rounds of tournament golf the previous two years.

But it’s his driving stats that has many golf experts talking right now that is proving a few doubters wrong.

Woods ranked first in driving distance this week, averaging 320.7 yards off the tee with one particular drive scooting through the legs of an unsuspecting Egyptian Goose.

Prior to woods’ return to tournament golf in January, a few reports indicated Woods had his driving distance back and was regularly hitting it past Dustin Johnson in one particular practice round. Most golf fans were skeptical including yours truly but it seems Woods has indeed got his driving distance back, with a fused back and all.

Golf analyst added clubhead speed to his tweet on Woods’ driver distance each day (on the 3rd hole) and added Woods didn’t properly catch any of them.

Now, driving is one thing but can Woods regain the accuracy and touch around the greens required to truly contend on Sunday. Maybe even Sunday at Augusta?

With The Masters just six weeks away Woods has yet to commit to playing at Augusta for the first time since 2015. If his body holds up, expect an announcement in the coming weeks. And then cue hysteria all round.

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