The PGA superstar, Tiger Woods, who plays Wednesday at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., says he found unexpected joys in being home with wife Elin, daughter Sam, 2, and newborn son Charlie Axel Woods.
There is no doubt that Woods is eager to return to the golf course after being out of commission for eight months due to a knee injury. He’s ready to feel what he calls “that rush of playing and competing.”
“It was a blessing in disguise to have an opportunity just to see Sam grow that fast and that much,” he said at a news conference. “As players, you travel so much that I would have missed a lot of that, so I was very lucky there.”
He adds: “I didn’t realize how much I loved being home and being around Sam and E and now Charlie. I mean, I’ll tell you what, that’s something that is just so important to me.”
What surprised him, Woods, 33, says, is “the closeness that I feel” to family. “We’ve had so much fun, so many great times, and I would have missed some of those things,” he says.
Now that he’s back to work, “This is my week to get some sleep, get some rest, so I’ll take full advantage of it,” he jokes. “But on a serious note, it’s great. To have Charlie healthy and Elin healthy and obviously Sam just doing great, it just couldn’t be any better.”
“I miss that rush of playing and competing,” he says. “I really do, getting on that first tee and feeling it. I miss that. As much as you can have money games at home with the guys, it’s not the same. This is what I do for a living, and this is what I’ve always wanted to do my entire life, and not being able to do it at the highest level was frustrating at times.”