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Why this Tiger comeback will be different

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NASSAU, Bahamas ­– Tiger Woods has come back so many times that it’s nearly impossible to compute. It’s the third time he’s made a “comeback” here at the Hero World Challenge.

In fact, the Associated Press figured that his week marks the 10th time that Woods has returned from a layoff of 10 weeks or longer.

So how is time going to be any different than the previous? How can we expect Woods to stick around for a long period of time? Forget a long period of time, can he last longer than he did last time?

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“I didn’t realize how bad my back had become and how much I was flinching and just how slow I was,” Woods told reporters on Tuesday at Albany during a 40-minute session. “I didn’t realize it because it’s been a slow degrading process. I thought I was playing halfway decent, shot some good scores, but now I’ve looked back on it and man, I didn’t even have much at all.”

While it’s still not an actual answer as to why this return could be different than the others, Woods did speak with words with more enthusiasm than in the past, particularly last year.

“Now to come out here and be able to do what I’ve been doing the last few weeks with the guys, it’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “I played some great rounds with the guys at home. They’ve been fantastic, to be honest with you, because I’ve gotten to know a lot of them through the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup and I’ve really become very close with a few of them.

“I played golf with Rory. I played golf with (Daniel) Berger, JT, Rickie, Dustin and it was fun. It was fun to be able to do that again, which I hadn’t done in years.”