Tiger Woods makes another comeback

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November 30, 2016
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. Woods returns to competition, on Thursday after back surgeries kept him out for 15 months. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP):

This might be one time that Tiger Woods doesn't measure success on the golf course by the score on his card. He measured it with three words Tuesday: "I'm playing again."

There were times during his 15 months away from golf that Woods wasn't entirely sure that would be the case. He said that when he was at the Hero World Challenge last year, he needed help just to climb out of bed.

And now he can't wait to get started tomorrow at the same tournament.

The 15-month break to heal following back surgeries, is the longest he has been away from golf.

Woods was a mixture of optimism and reality about his return. He talked about having all the shots he needs to compete against a field that includes 17 players from the top 40 and Woods.

He also noted that Bubba Watson won last year at 25-under par, and it probably will take something around that to win.

"I know that's a tall order, since I've been away from the game for so long and I've made a lot of different changes in my game," he said, noting his mindset of competing hasn't changed.

Woods is using a TaylorMade driver and fairway metals, a Bridgestone golf ball and his old Scotty Cameron putter that he used to win all but one of his 14 majors.

The Hero World Challenge, which he started in 1999 to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation, is effectively a holiday tournament for golf's elite that has no cut and pays US$1 million to the winner.

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