In his most recent "Christmas letter" posted to his website, Tiger Woods reflected on the ups and downs of a difficult 2015, his hopes for a return to competitive golf in 2016 -- and his feelings about turning 40 on Dec. 30.
Here are a few excerpts. You can read the full letter here.
On the past season:
As far as 2015, it was a tough year physically and took a toll on my body. I had to battle through a swing pattern change and get that organized, because it was awful at the beginning of the year. I didn't play for the longest time because I was stuck. To come back on the hardest venue of any course on the short game at Augusta National and tie for 17th, was pretty special to get myself back into it.
On what he expects in the near future:
The thing I'm looking forward to the most about 2016 is getting back out there again. I've missed it, and I would like to do it pain-free. I haven't done that in what seems like a long time. I've had it in spurts the last few years and have done some pretty good things, but I'd like to have sustained health.
Hopefully, I'll be able to play my way onto the Ryder Cup Team. Either way, I'm excited about being named a vice-captain. It will be new, fun and special. To have Davis appoint and trust me is pretty special. If you look back to when we played together in 1999 at Brookline, I don't think either one of us would have foreseen this. But here we are in leadership roles.
Hopefully I can play and lead at the same time and not just be on the sideline. All of us who have been a part of any of the teams over the years, once you've experienced it, you want to be a part of it. It's really hard to describe unless you've been in one of those team rooms and know what goes on.
And Tiger on the big 4-0:
My friends keep asking me how it feels to be turning 40 at the end of the month and my response is, "It depends when you ask me." Mentally, people who know me know I'm like a five-year-old. Physically, sometimes I feel old and sometimes I feel like a teenager. I don't like the polar opposites of the two. I'd like to be somewhere in the middle where I feel 40.