No shades but Woods 'ready' for long-awaited comeback

Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:44pm EST
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(Reuters) - Tiger Woods picked up a headache after forgetting his sunglasses in his final practice round on Wednesday but otherwise declared himself good to go as he prepared to bring an end to a 16-month absence from tournament golf.

On the eve of the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas, the 40-year-old said he would be "focused" and "ready" for the first round of the exclusive 18-man event at the Albany course on the island of New Providence.

"I felt good with pretty much everything," the 14-times major winner said. "I was able to hit all the shots I needed to hit. The wind was definitely pumping today.

"I did a little bit of work for probably 12 holes or so. After that we were jawing pretty good."

Woods, who hosts the tournament to the benefit of his charitable foundation, did make one rookie error.

"I probably did a dumb move in not playing in sunglasses ... and I'm starting to get a pretty good headache from squinting so much," he said.

"Live and learn and tomorrow I'll have them on."

Woods is making his comeback this week after aborting his scheduled return in October because he thought his game was not ready for the highest level.

He has not competed since finishing 10th at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Aug. 2015, after which he had two operations on his back.   Continued...

Sep 29, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA; Team USA vice-captain Tiger Woods during a practice round for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports