Tiger Woods performed along with his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter on Thursday. That was anticipated. Banks Cozby did too. That possibly wasn’t.
Woods was scouting Southern Hills forward of subsequent month’s PGA Championship, and maybe that is one of the simplest ways to explain each how his day went and the way his surgically repaired proper leg held up:
He let a 13-year-old roll just a few with the putter Woods has received 14 main championships with.
Tiger Woods is doing this once more, huh?
“Banks putts cross-handed, and Tiger advised him that putter has by no means been hit cross-handed earlier than,” Cozby’s dad, Cary, advised Golf Oklahoma. “However he rolled a pleasant lengthy one inside two ft of the outlet, and Tiger mentioned, ‘That’s fairly rattling good proper there.’
The elder Cozby is the director of golf at Southern Hills, and final week, he bought a name from the PGA of America asking if he may host a customer. Woods was not a lot desirous to play the course as he was desirous to see how he may stroll it forward of the PGA, a transfer he additionally made earlier this month at Augusta Nationwide, earlier than the Masters.
Woods ultimately determined to play that occasion, his first since his automobile crash 14 months in the past, however he has solely entered the PGA; he may nonetheless withdraw when issues start in lower than three weeks. Nonetheless, ask Cozby whether or not the 15-time main champion will tee it up in Tulsa, and his caddie for the day has an thought.
“Until he has a setback of some sort, he’s taking part in,” Cozby advised Golf Oklahoma. “This journey was all enterprise.”
Why the optimism?
“The whole lot is so easy with him now,” Cozby advised Golf Oklahoma. “His rhythm is nice, he hit it straight and many far, he pitched and putted it nice. I do know guys can hit it previous him now, however watching him work was superb. He’s so meticulous, detailed and immersed in what he’s doing. He was very inquisitive on traces and the very best angles.
“I feel he can contend. He’s like Michael Jordan late in his profession, taking part in protection and hitting leap photographs. Whoever wins right here goes to must be an awesome chipper, and he’s nonetheless that.”
Did Cozby have any considerations with Woods’ leg? Cozby additionally appeared on A New Breed of Golf on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Friday, and when requested by host Michael Breed about Woods’ means to deal with the stroll at Southern Hills, Cozby did say he thought Woods was “hurting” towards the top of the day.
“Clearly his gait’s completely, I’m guessing, completely different,” Cozby mentioned on the present. “And he walks gingerly or simply form of like he’s favoring it, however, and he possibly appeared like he, late within the spherical [was] hurting, however he didn’t say a phrase. After all, he didn’t complain about any of that. My guess is he bought again from Augusta and he assessed it and knew what he was coping with and went again to work simply primarily based on what you realize about him for the previous 25 years.
“And I feel he’s, I imply, he’ll be advantageous and he hits it so good. And does the whole lot, he chips it and putts it unimaginable. Simply enjoyable to observe. He forgot his sand wedge so simply had his 60. Left it within the yard, he mentioned.”
After which Woods was gone. And his PGA watch continues. This weekend, he hosts his Tiger Jam charity occasion in Las Vegas, and one may guess Woods would have his reply on taking part in someday earlier than the week of the event.
And the frenzy may start once more.
“It’s superb what he has to cope with every day,” Cozby mentioned on A New Breed of Golf. “I imply, he got here by way of at this time, he didn’t even come to the clubhouse as a result of he knew what he’d must cope with and went straight to the vary. They despatched a textual content and mentioned … I’ll meet you on the primary tee. And, in fact, our clubhouse is open and so we most likely had 20 individuals on the patio. The golf store is in entrance of the primary tee so there’s most likely 20 members that slipped on the market to observe him. He didn’t lookup, hit his shot. Second gap, there’s a helicopter. Fourth gap, you realize, there’s 50 to 70 individuals up on the hill overlooking that gap. And by the point we get to 6, there’s 30 to 40 individuals within the timber throughout the road with tv cameras and telephones and footage and ‘We love you, Tiger’ and ‘Go get ’em, Tiger’ ‘Nice shot, Tiger.’
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