Tiger time again? 'I've sat out long enough,' Woods says

"For me to get the draw that I got, I couldn't be happier", said Woods on Wednesday. He is an eight-time victor as a pro at Torrey Pines. "And one as a junior, so it's technically nine".

Woods used to snarl at reporters who asked him things like, "What are your expectations this week?" with terse, condescending answers like, "to win, " as if to say, "Why would you even ask me such a stupid question?" Expectations were low, and so was the stress.

Then it will be back to Los Angeles for a tournament hosted by his foundation before returning to the Sunshine State for an event run by Jack Nicklaus.

Course: Torrey Pines GC.

Woods, who marks his official return to the PGA Tour after a lengthy absence through injury at Torrey Pines this week, will now play with TaylorMade metalwoods, irons and wedges as part of his club contract.

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Yes, he also won eight times at Bay Hill and Firestone. "We need it", said Buck Lowry, the golf department manager at Dick's Sporting Goods at the St. Johns Town Center. And one of those was a U.S. Open on a left knee that was surgically rebuilt a week later. Tiger still has the most impressive resume in the bunch with 14- Major championships including a career Grand Slam, 79 other PGA Tour wins, eleven PGA TOUR Player of the Year titles, and he spent an all-time record 683 straight weeks - thirteen years - as the Number One ranked golfer in the world.

TaylorMade-Adidas president and CEO David Abeles said: "We are thrilled that Tiger has chosen to play TaylorMade". Although Tiger traditionally plays the Farmers well, it's not all sunshine and rainbows in San Diego, as his last memory of the Open in 2015 involved him withdrawing on the 12th hole of his first round with a bad back. In a week that features an updated course and unreliable tournament history, Day has all the intangibles in his game prepared to take down the Farmer's Insurance Open.

Nobody is saying Woods has observed too many birthdays.

His first victory as a professional was in 1999, when he made the cut with two shots to spare and shot 62-65 on the weekend for a two-shot victory. The tournament last year finished on a Monday (wind) for the second time in four years.

Woods will be playing his first official PGA Tour event in 17 months after multiple back surgeries in 2015 and a full year off in 2016.

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"And it's nice to start here at Torrey, also to go to another place, in Dubai, where I've won before as well". This is the first time Jason Day is competing against a full field since the Deutsche Bank Championship in early September.

But what does it all matter? However, most fans' expectations are unreasonably high, as is the case with any star athlete who lost a touch of greatness. Woods said according to Golfweek.

"So I realized I have so far to go". That alone is progress.

The world's No. 1 player isn't faring much better.

During the Genesis Open media day at Riviera Country Club, Tiger Woods notified the world that he's once again ready for the Masters.

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