>> Legendary golfer Tiger Woods, now a 42 year old with a fused spine following surgery last April, eyeing a comeback on the eve of his first official tournament of the PGA Tour. Tiger tees off Thursday at the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, which he's won seven times, but it's been years since he's had a major win, a fact Tiger freely admits.
>> To be honest with you, I just wanna start playing on the tour and get into a rhythm of playing a schedule again. I haven't done that in such a long time, so I don't know what to expect. It's, go out there and play and I'm gonna grind it, give it everything I possibly have.
>> Reuters reporter,Andrew Buff, watched Woods as he played a pre-tournament Pro-Am game.>> What I found interesting is that Tiger has had serious back problems for the last three years. But he says now that he's pain-free, he's swinging the club as fast as he was five years ago.
And there's more to golf than just swinging the club fast but what it means is that he can hit the ball as far as most of the other guys, and so if his short game is in shape there's no reason why he can't get back to being competitive sooner rather than later.
>> This will be Woods' second tournament since his spinal fusion surgery. The first was the unofficial Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December, he tied for ninth place. At Wednesday's press conference, Tiger avoided talking about last year's arrest after he was found asleep at the wheel of his car, with multiple prescription drugs in his system.