For Tiger Woods, these two weeks are no easy task

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Updated: December 2, 2019

9:00 AM ET

NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas is easy lifting for Tiger Woods. It is a short plane trip from his South Florida home. The yacht meets him in the Albany Golf Club marina for comfort. He has his own place on site. And the golf course affords him an excellent place to practice. In peace.

The venue is now in its fifth year as the site for his annual Hero World Challenge, an 18-player tournament that benefits Woods’ foundation, and it’s where Woods has provided some telling moments over the past four years: from a doom-and-gloom news conference in 2015, when he wasn’t playing, to the guarded optimism he showed just two years ago, when he tied for ninth and launched his improbable comeback from back surgery.

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  • Now ranked seventh in the world, playing again this week for the first time since winning his 82nd PGA Tour title at the Zozo Championship in October, Woods gets back to work with the other 10 members of the Presidents Cup team he will captain just over a week from now in Australia.

    And therein lies the next question for Woods, who will not only play competitive golf in consecutive weeks for one of the rare times this year, but he also has hosting duties this week in the Bahamas, captain duties next week at Royal Melbourne and duties of simply the everyday issues of being … Tiger Woods.

    The last time Woods played consecutive weeks didn’t go so well. And it really wasn’t all that much golf. Woods withdrew following the first round of the Northern Trust in early August, citing an oblique injury. The following week he competed in the BMW Championship — he played just nine holes in the pro-am — and tied for 37th to end his season and miss qualifying for the Tour Championship.

    A few days later, he had surgery on his left knee to remove cartilage and began the process of putting his body and game back together, culminating with that surprising win in Japan at the Zozo Championship.

    “Because I didn’t qualify for the Tour Championship, I was able to have my knee procedure a week early, which gave me an extra week to get ready for Zozo,” Woods said. “It all worked out. The fact that I had to get through all the different PT exercises, scar tissue and get mobile, get ready, get my velocity back up again and recover.