Great expectations as Tiger returns

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Stan Badz Getty Images Tiger Woods plays a shot on the second hole during the third round of the 2016 Hero World Challenge

He'll tee it up at 12:05 p.m. ET with reigning PGA and FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas, who will accompany the tourney host in the first two rounds of the 18-player, no-cut Hero World Challenge. I am stiffer. Of course, [his lower back is] fused.

"So as my back improved, I've been able to start sleeping again because I don't have the nerve pain going down my leg".

"I don't know where I'm at. I thought I had some speed, thought I was playing halfway decent, shot some good scores, but now I've looked back on it and man, I didn't even have much at all".

"I would say it feels different just because of the energy that Tiger is exuding", said Steinberg, a man who knows Woods as few do.

Tiger Woods has revealed he can not yet bear to watch the infamous video of his slurred, mumbling police interview after being arrested for driving under the influence and admitted he now finds it "hard to imagine the way I was living". "Now that I'm feeling the way I'm feeling, it's just hard to imagine that I was living the way I was living with my foot not working, my leg not working and then the hours of not being able to sleep at all because of the pain". "You could tell he was in pain", DJ said during a joint interview with Woods on the Golf Channel Tuesday morning about the duo's round in January at Torrey Pines. "I haven't really done much".

Asked what his expectations were for his latest comeback, and whether he saw himself competing to win golf's biggest prizes again, the 41-year-old Woods was cautious and sought to downplay expectations. Charlie was there when I won in Akron, but he doesn't remember it, he was too young.

It does. Perhaps that's because Woods has auditioned his game in front of some very good players, and most seem generally impressed. Now it is fantastic to come back and play with my friends, I call them kids actually. After finishing first, tied for second, and sixth in his past three worldwide starts, Koepka has a chance to put a bow on what has been a breakthrough campaign this year.

"Most of the stuff they've watched has been highlight packages and they've never seen what I can do on a golf course".

"Even if you played a pro-member you would have a reduced-flight ball for the pro, and have to play with that type of ball, where as the amateur, go ahead and make it fun, juice the golf balls up, juice the clubs up and let them go have a great time", he continued. "But the majority of the public, the media, you wouldn't understand it unless you have lived it". Later, Woods wanted to know what the experience was like for them.

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