An upbeat Tiger Woods on Sunday declared his surgically-fused back had passed its first big test with flying colours.
After finishing a very respectable equal 23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods spoke with optimism as he reflected on his official PGA Tour comeback.
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He found the sticky rye grass rough with monotonous regularity at Torrey Pines South course, hitting only three fairways in each of the final three rounds, but hit some creative and brilliant recovery shots and putted well in his first official start since his spinal fusion last April.
"Overall I thought I did pretty well this week," the American said after a closing even-par 72 in strong and gusty winds. He finished seven strokes behind the winner.
"Some of the shots I had to hit out of the rough, out of the trees, a few times I had to jack up the speed and had no issues at all (with my body)," Woods said.
"The big concern was playing out of the rough. I hadn’t played out of rye grass since last year. I hit some really good ones out of there. Unfortunately I put myself in there."