Tiger Woods Talks Recovery from Back Surgery, Says This Comeback Is 'Different'

JERSEY CITY NJ- SEPTEMBER 28 Tiger Woods the assistant captain of the United States team watches play n the 14th hole during the first day foursomes matches for the 2017 Presidents Cup at the Liberty National Golf Club

At just 10 and 8 years old, it's all they know.

"Most of the stuff they've watched has been highlight packages and they've never seen what I can do on a golf course". He has not won a professional event since 2013. Charlie was only 4.

The month before Woods said, "Hello, world", in the summer of 1996, Spieth celebrated his third birthday.

When pressed as to why he did not open up regarding such problems at the time, Woods raised a rueful smile.

Thomas, who has played a handful of rounds with Woods of late, said he still searches the Internet for clips of Woods in his prime.

The PGA Tour heads to the Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas this weekend for the Hero World Challenge. After all, two years ago here, a weak and vulnerable Tiger declared how unsure he was about his future as a golfer.

By the time the company was founded in February 2005, Woods had already amassed 47 of his 90 worldwide titles, including eight of his 14 majors. Thomas is the reigning FedExCup champion and the PGA Tour's Player of the Year.

"My kids were there at the par-three contest the last time I played at Augusta, but that's different".

Along the way there was that infamous Thanksgiving night in 2009, a myriad of injuries and surgeries and comebacks, an arrest on suspicion of DUI in May of this year and rehab to deal with managing pain and sleep meds.

What's in Tiger Woods' bag this week? Most importantly, so is Woods. If there's one thing he has learned by now it's taking the long view. "I said, "Isn't it neat to meet a living legend" and Sam said, 'Yeah we live with one!'" Now it is fantastic to come back and play with my friends, I call them kids actually. Let me play this event and see what I can and can't do, and we'll all have a better understanding once I'm at game speed.

"It's been a struggle for years". Confidently, he added, "I think I can hit any shot I want, but I still need to go through a tournament..."

"I didn't realise how bad my back was". I didn't realize it because it's been a slow degrading process. "Life is so much better". "Jokes apart, his game looks good". For now, Woods' setup remains nearly identical to what he had in the bag last month during a driving range exhibition in California. Now I can start chipping and putting out here, I can hit 400 putts in a training session.

The style of play that earned passing marks here a year ago at this tournament appeared to be "slow-mo" to the man swinging the club once he replayed it. (Woods eventually finished 15th among the 17 world-class players who completed 72 holes.) In the midst of competing, he thought he was hitting some sound shots, thought he was scoring decently (he shot 65 in Round 2) ... and now that he looks back on it? Can it be again?

Woods' game was special once, too. "I mean, I was pretty good".

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