Tiger Woods gave Derek Jeter some golf advice before PGA Tour return

Brian Wacker of Golf Digest was one of a select few journalists who were able to follow Woods' round and he reported that the American was able to outdrive Rose "more than once".

That was the blunt assessment of Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter on whether the former World Number One can win this week's Hero World Challenge in his first competitive outing in more than 15 months. That he was hurt again, his chipping woes had returned, that he had stage fright.

"We all know Derek broke his ankle and in coming back from that he said it used to take him three to four hours just to get prepared for a game".

That's no longer the case.

"If you lose a little bit [in those sports], you're probably going to be replaced", he said. Im excited to see him play.”.

"I haven't had adrenaline in my system in a while and having that surge of adrenaline through my system, how much further is this ball going to be going?" he said. I just couldn't get out of bed. "Bubba went low, shot 25 under".

"It was a smart decision in the end to pull out of the tournaments", he added.

"But hey, I m going to give it my best, I m going to be focused, I m going to do what I can do and put the ball in the correct spots, give myself looks and try to bury these putts and post scores, and get myself in that mix come Sunday afternoon". "But in golf, I can play a different way and get away with it". But I finally decided why rush ... "It gave me a couple more months to get stronger".

"The putters sit next to each other at home", Woods said.

"It's wear and tear", he said.

Changes in equipment are also noteworthy for the man who made Nike a golfing brand. That's the term Woods came up with for the second half of his career while bedridden after a third back surgery past year, unsure whether he would ever play competitive golf again.

And that's a lot of shafts, club heads and lift and lie settings to deal with.

He said chatter among the game's top players suggested Woods had been playing well in practice though he acknowledged taking that into the competitive arena was a different thing. " ... It's a lot of testing".

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Woods discussed at length his absence from the game as he recovered from back surgeries and what he's anticipating as he returns to the PGA tour. There's no doubt he's been a Ryder Cup stud and a cult figure among close golf watchers, but he's just a bit player this week.

The 14-time Major victor makes his long awaited return in the Hero World Challenge starting Thursday, where he will play with American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed.

Woods already has had one false start.

"That's easy", Woods said of walking.

What has stayed the same is what's inside Woods.

"We've played today in a 20mph plus breeze and it's quite an unforgiving wind, but the quality of Tiger's play has been pretty good", said the Olympic gold medallist. He won six times and had three other runners up after exiting in the second round of match play in his first tournament back. I care. If I care, I'm nervous. And it's good to be that way.

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