Tiger Woods counts it a success that he's playing golf again

NASSAU, Bahamas - It wasn't exactly, "Hello, world". As he said, his game was vulnerable back then.

Woods was a mixture of optimism and reality Tuesday when he spoke about coming back after a 15-month hiatus, the longest break of his career.

Eighteen of the game's leading players will tee it up in Albany, New Providence in the Bahamas where Bubba Watson will attempt to win the title he won by three shots over Patrick Reed last year but with six of the world's top ten in this year's field along with five others inside the top twenty this will be a tightly fought affair.

On Sunday, he was working out various metal woods and had the same Nike irons and wedges in his bag that he used the last time he played, in the 2015 Wyndham Championship where he tied for 10th. "Now I need to play against him".

As such, this column will act as a means to recap everything that you might have missed from us on the previous day, but also more importantly to share with you some of the work from around the internet that is worth your attention as a fan of the game. He contended that he was "caught between patterns", which might also be a flawless way to describe his thought process during this current transition.

His stint as a Ryder Cup vice-captain at Hazeltine in September, and all the high-fiving, back-slapping camaraderie that it involved, was an engaging, enjoyable and eye-opening experience for Woods but as a born competitor, there's still nothing quite like the frontline of active golfing service. As I have always said every tournament I have played I have always been nervous. "I'm entered in an event".

Minutes later, when asked how he'd measure his success, that hubris was replaced by the Phase 2 edition of Tiger.

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One is Pat Perez, who recently claimed the OHL Classic at Mayakoba for his second PGA Tour victory.

"I'm trying to find something", Els said. I can go long too but it just shows you how much things have changed since I've been away. "It hasn't been easy".

There was speculation in the media that Woods' brilliant career essentially was over because his body repeatedly broke down the past several years, and also that he lost the fire that made him one of the best golfers of all time. It's an example that even for a guy who has endured equal doses of aggravation and glory, sheer love of the game and competition keep pushing him.

For the time being, at least. A month later, another, otherwise-not-detailed follow-up procedure was done on Woods' back. Maybe the man who a year ago wasn't sure he'd ever play again can restore that form. Maybe he can infuse parts of that old version of himself with his next phase, rendering a transition more gradual than he once believed. I know it's a tall order since I've been away for such a long time but the mindset is still the same. "Physically and also equipment, practice schedules, training, all that has evolved. That is to go out there and try to beat these guys".

"There's still some way to go before I can feel fully comfortable and I am not as filled up as I would like to be but that will take some time". I didn't, I didn't like wearing them, they were uncomfortable.

This wasn't, "Hello, world". "But I'm getting my golf stamina back so I can do this".

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