Tiger Woods on comeback: I have a long way to go

Feb 14, 2018, 20:18 IST | PA Sport

Tiger Woods continues to play down expectations as his return from back surgery takes its next step at the Genesis Open

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods continues to play down expectations as his return from back surgery takes its next step at the Genesis Open.

The 14-time major winner makes his second PGA Tour appearance since a spinal fusion operation in a star-studded field at Riviera Country Club -- the venue where he made his tour debut as an amateur in 1992. He will play with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas in the first two rounds and while the group is sure to attract large galleries, former world number one Woods has humble aims.

"I'm just starting back," he said at his pre-tournament press conference. "I've been away from the game a pretty long time. I have a lot of room for improvement and I have a long way to go.

"Eventually, I'd like to win tournaments. I am trying to get through that process to get to that point.

"I'm making small, subtle changes in my posture and my swing because I'm starting to understand my body a little bit more, because this back is just different than it used to be. The more tournaments I play in, I'll get used to that. But I don't want to play too much. This is all still new to me and I want to be smart about it."

Riviera is a venue where Woods has never won in 10 previous outings. "I love the golf course, I love the layout, but play it awful," he said.

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