After culminating a surprising late-season surge with a win in the PGA Tour season-ending Tour Championship, Tiger Woods crashed hard the following week in the Ryder Cup.
On Tuesday, Woods opened up about the toll the late summer took on him.
“I was not physically prepared to play that much golf at the end of the year,” Woods told the media during a news conference in Nassau, Bahamas. He is there to compete in the Hero World Challenge, which tees off Thursday at Albany Golf Club.
“It’s one of those years; it’s never been this hot. At every single tournament, it was just stifling. Starting out in D.C. (in June for the Quicken Loans National), then you go to Akron, even the PGA (Championship in St. Louis) was hot for all the days. New York, Boston. It was in the mid-90s at East Lake (in Atlanta for the Tour Championship).
“It was just hot. It was hard for me to maintain my strength and my weight through all of that. I was exhausted by the time I got to the Ryder Cup. I was worn out mentally, physically, emotionally.”
Woods picked up his 80th career Tour win — and his first in five years — at the Tour Championship on Sept. 23, holding off the likes of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel. But the following weekend, he went 0 for 4 at the Ryder Cup in France, the only player on either team to do so.
The Ryder Cup was the seventh tournament the 42-year-old played in a nine-week stretch.
On Tuesday, Woods would not commit to any tournaments in 2019 beyond the four majors and the Genesis Open at Riviera in Southern California, which his foundation runs.
“I took a significant break after the Ryder Cup, got away from it for a bit,” Woods said. “My training sessions have been good. I’ve been getting a little bit stronger. My core and my legs are definitely stronger than they have been, which is a positive.
“Now I get started working on my game and getting that organized heading into next year. Haven’t really spent a lot of time doing that. I’ve been working more on getting my body ready to handle the rigors of long practice sessions again and getting back to that.”