Tiger Woods has sounded a warning ahead of this week's PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The 15-time major winner played a nine-hole practice round on Sunday afternoon and later said he felt his surgically repaired leg and foot were feeling stronger than when he played The Masters a month ago.
Woods, who won his 13th major title the last time Southern Hills hosted the PGA in 2007, has not played competitively since finishing 47th in The Masters.
The 46-year-old defied the odds by simply turning up at Augusta National and produced a remarkable opening 71 before understandably fading with rounds of 74, 78 and 78.
"I've gotten a lot stronger since the Masters," Woods told reporters.
"We started ramping up a week or so ago, played a little bit more golf, and it was good. Everything is better." - Tiger Woods.
"We went back to work on Tuesday (after the Masters). Monday was awful. I did nothing and Tuesday was leg day. So, we went right back after it.
"We started ramping up a week or so ago, played a little bit more golf, and it was good. Everything is better."
After a gruesome one-car accident in February 2021 left him unable to walk for three months, Woods made his return to golf at The Masters and made the cut. It ended up being his worst career Masters finish – finishing 13-over-par – and it was clear that walking the course was the bigger challenge than hitting shots.
Woods has made clear that he will pick and choose which tournaments he will play going forward rather than return to playing the PGA Tour full-time. He is three major titles shy of tying Jack Nicklaus' career record of 18.
Woods' caddie, Joe LaCava, also told reporters that he sees Woods' strength returning.
"Hundred percent I see him stronger," LaCava said.
"I just think the endurance is there now. I don't think he's getting quite as tired as quickly. I see more endurance more than anything."
"Other than the fact that he won here 15 years ago, I think it's the stamina and endurance thing that excites him the most."