It’s common knowledge that Tiger Woods liked to push his body to extremes during his prime. According to his former swing coach, Hank Haney, even Woods’ seven-kilometre runs were cranked up a notch by him wearing combat boots. And Rory McIlroy has said Tiger texts him sometimes in the middle of the night. From the gym.
Having undergone his fourth back surgery – a fusion – last April, however, Woods, 42, admitted on Wednesday that he doesn’t have quite the daily routine he used to. However, just listening to him describe a typical day from his prime will probably make you tired. And definitely make you feel like a lazy sack of potatoes.
“No, I don’t have that same amount of time, but also again, I don’t have the same body to spend that much time, either,” Woods said when asked about his current schedule. “You know, JT (Justin Thomas) was asking me this on the flight, what did you used to do when you were about my age. Well, I used to get up in the morning, run four miles. Then I’d go to the gym, do my lifts. Then I’d hit balls for two to three hours, I’d go play, come back, work on my short game. I’d go run another four more miles, and then if anyone wanted to play basketball or tennis, I would go play basketball or tennis. That was a daily routine. I’m not doing any of that now.”
OK, let’s recap. This used to be a typical day for Tiger:
– Run 4 miles (Possibly in combat boots)
– Lift weights in the gym
– Hit golf balls for 2-3 hours
– Play a round of golf
– Practise short game
– Run 4 more miles (Again, possibly in combat boots)
– Play basketball or tennis
Anyone else suddenly feel like a nap?