Dufner and Tiger Returning From Injuries
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/21/14
Two major champions sidelined with injuries earlier this year are returning to the course and the range. For those of you who jump at the chance to read about Tiger Woods, consider this a ringing of Pavlov's bell — but we will start with the 2013 PGA champion.
Jason Dufner was last seen withdrawing from the 2014 PGA Championship with an arthritic neck. And indeed, he really withdrew:
"I wasn't too interested in golf or what was going on in the golfing world during that time period. I didn't watch one minute of the Ryder Cup. I got into a lot of different things. It was disappointing that I was injured, but it wasn't miserable for me.Dufner is attempting to do just that, playing in this week's Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Western Australia. Dufner has a history here, having finished second two years ago at the inaugural Perth International, a tournament co-sanctioned by the Australasian and European Tours.
In fact, Dufner even joined Brett Rumford and Geoff Ogilvy in a little target practice exhibition at Paterson's Stadium, the current home of both of the Australian Football League's teams in Western Australia:
The three pros were aiming for a 2-meter target on the Subiaco End of the stadium, which is expected to be demolished sometime after March of 2018, when the new, larger, 60,000-seat Perth Stadium opens sometime in 2018. Somewhat ironically, the new stadium is being built over the former Burswood Park Golf Course.
Back in the United States, Steve DiMeglio of USA Today Sports reports that Woods has returned to the range and is hitting "fuller shots," compared to just chipping and putting. DiMeglio said that the word came from Tiger's longtime agent, Mark Steinberg:
"The doctors said he could hit golf balls again, and he's listening to his doctors and to his body. ," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "He will keep listening to his doctors and body.Woods underwent microdiscectomy surgery on March 31 and missed the Masters and the U.S. Open. He finished 69th at the Open Championship, then withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone. Shortly thereafter, he MC'd at the PGA Championship.
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