It doesn’t matter where or the reason why, but if Tiger Woods is hitting golf balls, then the crowds will follow. Well,the world’s most famous golfer made an appearance at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri ahead of the Bass Pro Shops Legends Champions Tour event. Woods was on hand to announce his first public access 19-hole short par-3 golf course named Payne’s Valley that is scheduled to open in 2019 and named in honor of the late Payne Stewart.
Woods also took some time to address the health of his back.
“The back is progressing,” Woods said. “I have good days and bad days. I’ve had three back operations and that’s just kind of the nature of the business unfortunately. That’s all I can say.”
Per ESPN’s Jason Sobel, Tiger only hit two shots at the press conference and the results were underwhelming.
Tiger just hit two shots. There’s even video of ’em. First didn’t reach the green, but he swung. And remained upright and everything.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) April 18, 2017
As you can hear in the video, the crowds moans of disappointment after Woods shot comes up short says all you need to know about how far Tiger’s game has fallen off.
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) April 18, 2017
Tiger about to take on 9-year-old Hudson pic.twitter.com/8xKZA6K8rM
— Adam Schupak (@AdamSchupak) April 18, 2017
Here’s a layout of Payne’s Valley via Adam Schupak.