Woods has yet to commit to his adopted hometown tournament, the Honda Classic, waiting to see how he fares this week in the opening rounds of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.
Tiger Woods makes his second start of the season at this week's Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. For £6.99 you can get a day pass, if you just wish to watch one of the rounds, or for just £10.99 you can get a week pass to see the whole tournament.
"Absolutely" the world's No. 1 golfer would like to go head-to-head with Woods with everything on the line on Sunday at the Genesis Open, Johnson told SB Nation during a Monday phone interview. But as a PGA Tour professional, Woods has conspicuously avoided Riviera.
His scheduled return in 2017 was foiled by yet more back trouble.
Woods played his first official tournament in 12 months, having undergone a fourth back surgery since 2014 last April, as he finished 23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open last month.
During Tuesday's news conference, Woods said he knew the course has changed a bit since he was last here, so he dug out one of his old yardage books to give himself a little guidance.
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They will be coming into the game high on confidence having recently dismantled Chaves 4-0 in the league. People with a football brain judge him right. "You have to cause them problems, problems and problems".
"I've been blown away by the support", Tiger said of the outpouring of concern and well-wishing from the public. "And I can't wait to get started".
After spending the past couple of years more a calm and cuddly mentor than a ruthless competitor as he dealt with a potentially career-ending back injury, Woods is ready to assume his erstwhile role as a steely-eyed assassin. "And right now I'm hitting it as well as I have in a long time", said the 47-year-old. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.
Woods says the Genesis Open put him on the path to professional golf when he was given a sponsor's exemption to play in 1992.
Asked if he was sore after Torrey Pines, Woods said, "I was".
"All three of us are excited about playing with one another in this event, and I am looking forward to the challenge of not just competing against those guys but competing against the other guys in the field". "I feel like I have a good support or a good amount of fans in a lot of places we play, but this is definitely higher than most because we've lived here a little over 8 years", Fowler said.
"And those are things I could have never figured out on my own, not in a tournament setting, because in a tournament setting things are ramped up and I could feel some of the things were off".