Tiger Woods is back but fans are cautious with their feelings of relief as this is a familiar situation. The golfing star made a comeback after taking time off for 16 months, sparking hope in his fans during the 2016 Hero World Challenge, but it didn't last long.
This year, he set out an ambitious golfing schedule and made 24 birdies in his first event. But he missed a cut at the next event at Torrey Pines and subsequently pulled out of the February Dubai Desert Classic after the first round.
After the event, Woods made the news after he was arrested for drinking and driving recklessly in May. He returned with a sharpened focus, returning with an appearance as the Presidents Cup vice–captain in September this year.
The press began leaking stories that suggested Woods' comeback would be for good, that his back injury would not be restraining him any longer, and that his doctor had announced he was in the clear after several operations to fuse together the discs in his lower back. Although his swing has had to be adjusted to work around the decreased mobility in his back, he appears to be making considerable amounts of progress.
Woods will enter this weeks tournament ranked 1,199 in the world despite having not competed in over two years. Although it will be some time before he will be competing among the world's top players, completing the 4 rounds of this tournament will place him 250 ranks higher than where he is currently sitting.
The question on everyone's minds is can Woods compete with the talent of the likes of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth by early next year and will his come back last this time?
Check out his video on Twitter showing his fans that he is back in the game with his new golf swing!