Tiger Woods returns to professional golf this week after a 10-month hiatus following back surgery.
Woods tees off at 12:05 p.m. Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, an 18-player, no-cut event held in the Bahamas. He is paired with FedEx Cup winner Justin Thomas.
Woods was tempered in his expectations. The 14-time major champion asserted to the media Tuesday (video, above) that he’s pain free, but is approaching this weekend as a test.
“I don’t know what my body can or can’t do,” Woods told reporters. “I still don't know.”
The 42-year-old said jokingly, however, that he expects a top-18 finish.
This will be Woods’ first appearance since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
It's the 10th time he has returned after a layoff of 10 week or longer.
Woods has missed the Masters Tournament the last two years -- but is already a favorite to win in 2018.