Jesper Parnevik says Tiger Woods is hitting the ball 'a mile' in practice
Tiger Woods is scheduled to play his first competitive round of golf since August 2015 in just eight days at the Safeway Open, the first of three events on the Tiger comeback tour. For Woods, the timing is perfect. He's giving himself a full seven months to try and prepare his body for the 2017 Masters, and by committing to play in multiple events Woods will get the reps he needs in pressure situations.
Still, expectations are shockingly low for the 14-time major champion, as many analysts and fans still aren't convinced Woods can physically finish a round of golf without tweaking his back. Woods was a vice captain for the victorious Ryder Cup team last weekend, and the fact that he could walk up and down the fairways seemingly without pain was a cause for celebration for some announcers on the broadcast.
The last time we saw Tiger Woods swinging a golf club publicly, he hit three consecutive shots in the water at Congressional. Jesper Parnevik, however, hyped up Woods' current ability in an interview with Golf Digest, and even said his comeback could be "spectacular."