BETHESDA, Md. —
He was able to practice more in those days, and that should not be overlooked. Woods didn’t say exactly how long he had been practicing before he arrived at Congressional except that he worked his way through the bag — 10 additional yards every day or two — until he was hitting drivers “a couple of weeks ago.”
His expectations clearly were lower than ever, and perhaps ours should be, too. That just goes against the way he approached the game his entire life.
Woods played without pain, and that should count for something. It was the first step on the road back, however long that road is, and it would be foolish to allow one tournament to be the measure of his season, however short his season turns out to be.
Woods has three tournaments — the British Open, Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship — to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Otherwise, he would have more than a month off. And that might include the Ryder Cup.
U.S. captain Tom Watson wants him on the team, though he offered a strong caveat Tuesday.
“I want him on the Ryder Cup team if he’s healthy — and playing well,” Watson said.
But what if he’s playing like anyone else?
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