Tiger Woods over the weekend laid to rest any lingering doubts about whether he had dumped Sean Foley in the wake of his back woes. Woods and his swing coach of four years held, reportedly for the first time ever, a joint golf clinic during the new world No. 2’s (congratulations, Adam Scott!) Tiger Jam fundraiser for the Tiger Woods Foundation.
The rehabbing Woods could not swing fully during the lesson session but he offered verbal and visual tips about "putting to the picture" and mused about his return to the PGA Tour, according to Golf Las Vegas Now.
"This year," he said, according to Golf Las Vegas. "It'll be this summer. I don't know when, yet. I'm just practicing and strengthening, and trying to get back ... no hurry."
The Woods/Foley duo reportedly took turns answering questions from the gallery as Tiger’s injured girlfriend Lindsey Vonn looked on.
Earlier during the festivities, Woods also played instructor to a star of CBS’ "Big Bang Theory" TV show.
Kunal Nayyar, who plays Raj in the program that’s earned multiple Emmy awards, got the star treatment on Friday from golf’s biggest superstar, who leaned casually on his putter.
Nayyar was among a slew of VIPs who made the scene for the 16th annual Tiger Jam, which took place Friday and Saturday at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to golf at Cascata Golf Course, a $10,000 buy-in got participants some of the action in poker games with card sharps like Phil Hellmuth and poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson. OneRepublic, which Tiger called "very hot right now" a couple weeks ago, provided Saturday night’s musical entertainment.
Among other questions pitched Tiger’s way was one about the benefit of getting nervous on the course.
"Absolutely," said Woods about whether he still suffers the fidgets. "Nerves are great and being nervous shows you care."
Foley, for his part, related to golf chat he had with an emergency room surgeon. The doctor told Tiger’s coach he was "scared sh*tless" during life-saving procedures.
"‘The day I'm not scared anymore,’ the surgeon told Foley, ‘is the day I will retire.'"