Tiger Woods announced a new golf course design at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgeland, Missouri on Tuesday.
The name of the 19-hole course will be “Payne’s Valley,” a tribute to the late Payne Stewart.
During the ceremony, Woods accepted a challenge from a 10 year old to a closest to the hole contest. On a makeshift tee box approximately 100 yards from the hole, Woods hit his wedge in the water, and the second ball ten feet from the hole.
His swing looked slow, and tentative at best. The shots were very reminiscent to those he took at the 2016 Quicken Loans National media day.
When asked about his back and his possible return to the tour,
“It is progressing. I have good days and bad days,” Woods said. “I’ve had three back operations, and that’s the nature of the business unfortunately. That’s all I can say.”
Woods has not played a tournament since pulling out of a European Tour event in February because of back spasms. At the time his agent Mark Steinberg said the incident would not be “long term.”
Woods joked with Tom Lehman, saying he would beat him on the Champions Tour in about “nine years.
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