Tiger Woods says he's on the 'other side' of pain, loving life

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There was no alcohol in his system, but under the terms of his plea agreement, he must refrain from drugs and alcohol and is subject to regular drug testing. "Now that I'm feeling the way I'm feeling, it's just hard to imagine that I was living the way I was living with my foot not working, my leg not working and then the hours of not being able to sleep at all because of the pain".

"A lot of my friends have helped me".

Woods hasn't won since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, his 79th title on the PGA Tour that leaves him three short of tying Sam Snead's record.

The following year, he elected to have the first of what turned out to be three microdiscectomies that were meant to alleviate a disk issue. I had not done that in close to two years as my back was hurting so much.

"I said, "Ain't it neat to meet a living legend" and she said, 'Yeah we live with one, ' " Woods added.

Woods last played a competitive round on the first day of the Dubai Classic in February before pulling out.

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"I remembered what my dad said. That's so exciting and I'm just so thankful I've had this procedure and have got to this point". Tiger will be paired with 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year Justin Thomas for Round 1 on Thursday in the Bahamas, with the duo teeing off at 12:05 p.m. ET. I was with them in the Ryder's Cup last year, President's Cup this year, and got to know them well.

Lewis also asked Woods if he considered retiring from the sport to which Woods responded, "I don't know if retirement is the word, but I didn't think I could ever play golf with my friends again because I spent most of a year ago in bed". I didn't realize how bad my back was.

As he prepares for his return to golf, Tiger Woods says his life is "so much better" now that he's not dealing with constant pain. He is scheduled to play the first round of the Hero with PGA champ Thomas - with whom he's never played a competitive round on the PGA Tour. "So just give me a little bit of time".

"The public's been fantastic, the amount of support I've gotten".

"It's just great to see him back feeling good within himself, and his golf can build from there".

"I think he had 24 birdies". I played around with DJ and Rickie the other day and I would like to see how good my skills are. Woods was priced at +1600 to win this event, but has dropped to +1200 on the golf odds board.

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