Woods fired a 3-under 69 in round one of the Hero World Challenge this afternoon in the Bahamas. This included five birdies and 2 bogeys during Thursday’s round. Woods is three shots off the lead after round 1.
As a 79-time PGA Tour winner and 14-time major champion, Tiger Woods, is in his first competitive action since his withdrawal in Dubai in February (back surgery).
Woods says, unlike last year’s comeback, he isn’t struggling with any pain and is excited to get back on the course.
“This is very different. Last year I was still struggling with a little bit of pain,” Woods said. “I didn’t realize how bad my back had become and how much I was flinching and just how slow I was. It’s been a slow, degrading process.” He thought he had some speed but looked back on it and thought, “Man, I didn’t have much at all.”
Despite not having any pain in his back, Woods will still face some challenges in the golf swing post surgery.
“I don’t have pain anymore in my back, but I do have some stiffness. It’s fused.”
Woods also admitted in his press conference that he hasn’t hit “all the shots”, including those in deep rough and tricky places. He will be winging it a bit this week he said, but is happy to be back.
“I’ve come out the other side, and I feel fantastic. Now that I’m feeling the way I’m feeling, it’s hard to imagine I was living the way I was living,” Woods said. “I’m loving life now.
As a huge golf fan and even bigger fan of Tiger Woods, I couldn’t be happier to see him back out on the golf course. Many golf fans and PGA tour pros share this excitement for one of the all-time greats. Despite this, there is a lingering caution with woods considering we have seen this story before. Tiger has made multiple comebacks, dating back to his last full season in which he won 5 times in 2013. He looks great through round one, and the game of golf can only hope this positive trend continues.