Tiger Woods told a group of reporters Tuesday not to count him out just yet.
The golfer heads toward the British Open this week amid talk that he will never get back to the Tiger that once dominated the sport.
“I’m still young. I’m not 40 yet,” said Woods, who has five months left in his 30s. “I know some of you guys think I’m buried and done, but I’m still right here in front of you. Yeah, I love playing. I love competing, and I love playing these events.”
Tiger hasn’t won a major in seven years – since the 2008 U.S. Open. But Woods says he enters St. Andrews having struck the ball in his last tournament round – a 67 at The Greenbrier Classic to tie for 32nd – as good as he has in two years.
”That was awfully nice to be able to do coming into this week,” he said. ”I’ve hit the ball just as well in my practice rounds.”
And while he knows and loves the “Old Course,” he’s not used to seeing it this way – green from rain, with intervals of rain expected during the week.
”You can’t quite chase it like you normally do,” Woods said.