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Tiger Woods' Return: Interview and Photo

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Tiger Woods - Hank Haney

Tiger Woods is trailed by instructor Hank Haney during a practice round at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain, site of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Q. Was there any stage of discouragement during the rehab, and was there ever any doubt in your mind that you would get back to where you wanted to be?

TIGER WOODS: There was no doubt I'll get back. Discouragement, yeah, there's plenty of that (smiling), as I said, especially the first few months. Anyone who's ever been through an ACL reconstruction, they'll attest to it. It's not a whole lot of fun. But once you start feeling a little bit more explosive and a little more secure in the leg and the movements start coming back, yeah, you start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. But as I said, the first few months are pretty tough.

Q. The anticipation of fatherhood the second time around - just kind of how has that been these last couple of weeks for you?

TIGER WOODS: A little less sleep, yeah. That's been one of the tougher parts. But it's great. This is my week to get some sleep, get some rest (smiling), so I'll take full advantage of it. But on a serious note, it's great. To have Charlie healthy and Elin healthy and obviously Sam just doing great, it just couldn't be any better.

Q. What's the biggest mystery you'll face (in the first round)?

TIGER WOODS: Well, I think just trying to get in the rhythm of the round, something that you - you need to find that rhythm quickly and get into the flow. Obviously I think match play helps that because it is basically like playing the final round of a tournament from the very first hole each and every match.

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