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

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

However, it's an invitation-only event with just an 18-player field and thus no cut.

Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is back and the world is watching. The victor gets $1 million.

"They have been great at trying to help me come back".

Determined to return to what he does best, the 41-year announced the decision to play the event which he hosts on the PGA Tour.

Woods admits he's not sure how he will perform this week in the Bahamas, but is excited at the possibility of teeing it up pain-free.

His latest absence was a result of his fourth back surgery, which was in April, to remove a disk that was causing nerve pain. His last victory was at the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

"[Johnson is] the No. 1 player in the world".

The next day, Woods withdrew before the second round, and he has not played a competitive round of golf since. He has done so a record five times, but not since 2011 at a different location.

"This is very different because past year I was still struggling with the pain". However, he also had six double bogeys and finished 15 at 4-under 284. It's obviously a very small field.

The 14-time major victor signed a 13-club equipment deal with TaylorMade in January but never had the opportunity to work his way into the company's current lineup before undergoing lower right back fusion surgery in April. He said when he looks back on his performance a year ago in the Bahamas, it seems as though he were in slow motion. No. 1 Dustin Johnson is +675; he was T3 past year. Also in action will be the European Tour's Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood and the red-hot Justin Rose, the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallist.

The defending champion is Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, and he's +1100. He led the field in birdies. Only Tiger has repeated at the tournament, and only Woods and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell have won it multiple times. The various surgeries have limited him to 19 worldwide tournaments in that span. Organizers aren't going to make it hard on players, or they won't bother showing up. "Probably on the 10 holes that they were both hitting driver, Tiger hit it past Dustin half the time and Dustin hit it past Tiger half the time". Winning isn't realistic. Go with Rickie Fowler at +900 to win.