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Tiger Woods' Return: Interview and Photo

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Great to Be Back
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods silhouetted by the rising sun on Feb. 24, 2009, at WGC Accenture Match Play practice day. Woods is notorious for beginning his practice rounds at the crack of dawn - or even earlier.

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Feb. 24, 2009 - Tiger Woods returned to golf, following an 8-month layoff forced by reconstructive knee surgery, on practice day at the 2009 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. Over the following pages you'll find photos from his return to action - the first photos of Tiger playing golf since the 2008 U.S. Open - as well as questions and answers from Woods' press conference that took place after his practice round ended.

Q: Tiger, it's been about eight and a half months since we last saw you. You've had knee surgery. Welcomed a member of the family, and welcome back. Just a couple comments for us.

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, it's great to be back. Sorry I'm late. I forgot how long it takes to play 18 holes walking. But no, it feels great to be back out and get back out here in a competitive environment again, and it feels really good.

Q. Describe the strength you have in your knee and also in layman's terms can you just kind of describe how your swing could be different now that you have some stability on the left side?

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, the strength, I feel a lot stronger in my left leg. Both legs have been stronger than they ever have been. Stability is something I haven't had in years. So it's nice to make a swing and not have my - as I've said before - my bones move. Since I had no ACL, I had a lack of ACL for a number of years, no matter what I did, it was always moving. So I would try and hit into my left side, but the more I did it, the more it would move, so hence one of the reasons why you saw me jumping off the ball is to get off that leg. But it's nice to be able to hit into it for the first time.

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