Starting on Thursday at Firestone, Tiger Woods and the rest of the elite golfers in the world face their most demanding stretch of the year
"I got away from the game and just had a whole bunch of fun with them," he reported Wednesday. The biggest revelation? "I don't have as much energy as Sam and Charlie, but I feel pretty good," Woods added with a smile.
Woods is pretty happy to be back at Firestone Country Club, too. He has won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational seven times here, most recently in 2009 when he beat Robert Allenby and Padraig Harrington by four strokes.
Woods already has won four times on the PGA TOUR in 2013 and owns the lead in the FedExCup, as a result. His last victory came at THE PLAYERS Championship in May and his best finish in the three events he's played since that win is a tie for sixth at The Open Championship.
He felt like he had an "opportunity" at Muirfield, too. But Woods, who started the final round tied for second, two strokes behind Lee Westwood, closed with a 74.
"I had a chance to win and didn't get quite it done on Sunday," Woods said. "There were so many positives to the week, how well I hit it and how well I played. Looking back on it, as I was saying on Sunday night with you guys, the only difference is I just didn't get the feel of those greens the last few days, and I didn't make the adjustments.
"That's my fault for not making the adjustments."
Not that he'll need any adjustments this week at Firestone.
Woods owns the lowest 72-hole score (21 under, shot in 2000) at the Bridgestone Invitational, as well as the 18-hole record of 61 (also recorded during his 2000 victory). He won by 11 that year, which remains the largest margin of victory. Woods has also prevailed in two playoffs.