PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Tiger Woods heard a series of shutters from a spectators camera and stopped his swing at the last minute, knees flexed, club shaft parallel to the ground, holding his pose until he could regain his balance.
Oh, no, said the caddie for Mark OMeara. Youre starting to swing like Charles Barkley.
Woods doubled over in laughter Tuesday on the eighth tee on the TPC Sawgrass, a light moment during his first time playing golf since disclosing minor knee and Achilles injuries from the Masters.
Woods said his left knee which has gone through four surgeries and his left Achilles are better.
Good enough to play, he said.
How much better remains to be seen, and Woods still has to make it to the first tee Thursday morning for the start of The Players Championship, where he hasnt finished better than eighth since winning 10 years ago.
Woods said he tweaked his left knee from an awkward swing in the pine straw on the 17th hole of the Masters in the third round, and he played through the discomfort in the final round when he closed with a 67 after making a brief charge.
It didnt feel good on Sunday. That was tough, Woods said. I played through it, but ... I was in the midst of playing and competing and had to power through it, so I did it. I was able to shut it down for a little bit and was able to take care of it.
Woods said he practiced Monday for the first time since the Masters. He played golf Tuesday the front nine at Sawgrass for the first time since that last day at Augusta. He is treating the injuries with anti-inflammatories, ice, elevating his legs and some soft tissue work. Still to be determined, because he hasnt spent any time playing, is whether it swells.
Well see how this week progresses, he said. If it flares up like it did at Augusta, then it flares up. But hopefully, it wont.
As for that tee shot on the eighth?
Once the laughter subsided, Woods hit a 5-wood to 5 feet.