For anyone wondering about that surgically repaired back,
"I can play competitive golf again," he said.
Woods spoke to reporters on Tuesday before the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in
It was back in March when the former No. 1 player decided to undergo a microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve that had been causing him pain for months.
His rehabilitation has involved constant physical therapy, medical tests and a special diet. He called it "quite a tedious little process."
Speedy progress -- and the fact that the Quicken Loans National is connected to his charitable foundation -- prompted Woods to return a few weeks earlier than planned.
"I haven't had the amount of prep and reps that I would like," he said. "But I'm good enough to play and I'm going to give it a go."
With the tournament being played at Congressional, Woods and his girlfriend, skier
As for this week, he was asked about his mantra of expecting to win every time he tees off.