What did it take for
"I worked my ass off," he said. "That's the easiest way to kind of describe it."
After weeks of practicing on his home course in Florida, Woods will make his return at the
The former No. 1 player left the
Woods swore that he would not come back until his game -- especially his short game -- had improved.
"I'm excited, excited to be back, back playing at this level," he told reporters during a press conference at Augusta National Golf Club. "My game is finally ready to compete at this level, the highest level, and I'm excited to be here."
His demeanor on Tuesday ranged from relaxed to determined.
"I'm trying to beat everybody out there," he said. "That hasn't changed."