Tiger Woods Likely To Move Up In Rankings After Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods Likely To Move Up In Rankings After Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods Likely To Move Up In Rankings After Hero World Challenge

Johnson averaged 315 yards off the tee last season, so if Woods is keeping up with him without feeling pain in his surgically repaired back then it could be the start of a true comeback for the 14-time major champion.

Woods made no prognostications about whether he would score better than his 15th-place finish at last year's World Challenge. "He looked effortless, he looked free, he had some power". He was not concerned about swinging hard and going at it with driver.

Faxon even wrote that at times Wood drive the ball further than Johnson who is considered one of the tour's longest hitters.

Tiger Woods is making his return to competitive golf this week at the Hero World Challenge, and if the rumors are to be believed, he could have a legitimate shot at the trophy. He looked great. I think more than anything, he looked at ease.

"The fact that I don't have any pain in my lower back any more compared to what I was living with for years... it's just remarkable, " said Woods in an interview on Sunday with ESPN.com's Bob Harig, the first golf correspondent on site at Albany Golf Club. But Faxon did throw out a word of caution after playing with Woods. On Sunday, Woods was asked about his swing.

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Over that span, Woods missed the cut seven times and withdraw in three. "It's been a struggle for years", he said.

Woods explained that his surgeon initially cleared him to start hitting putts, which had been the most hard thing to do before the surgery, and he gradually made his way through his bag, first hitting driver just 150 yards.

"To finally come out on the good side of it is exciting".

"I am stiffer. I'm fused [following April's lumbar fusion], but I don't have the pain", added Woods, who was back on the tee Monday morning. I haven't done much.

"I witnessed first-hand what Fowler saw - a pain-free Tiger that looked like he was able to hit the golf ball and will be able to be in the mix again", Faxon concluded. Just hitting shots. I haven't really had a scorecard in my hand in a while.

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