Tiger Woods reflected on a week which saw him make numerous ‘mistakes’ on his comeback at the Hero World Challenge.
The 14-time major champion finished at four-under-par, well off the leading pace, in his first start since August 2015.
Woods admitted, however, that issues in his game are to be expected when playing competitively for the first time in 15 months.
“Unfortunately, I made a lot of mistakes this week.
“I made a lot of birdies but I also made a lot of mistakes,” he added, talking to Golf Channel.
“It’s [rust and competition adrenaline], I made some poor decisions and missed the ball in some wrong spots.
“Quite frankly it feels a little weird to not play in a cart, so it’s a little different and I’m getting used to that; getting my legs back, getting my body back and focusing for a long period of time and these are all things that I have missed for about a year and a half.”
The week saw the 40-year-old drop 20 shots through six double-bogeys and eight bogeys, but, with 24 birdies to combat it, Woods can take positives from this week also, but was let down by overpowering errors.
“I made some birdies this week which was nice. I was playing aggressive; this golf course allows one to be aggressive.
“But also I made some bad mistakes. For instance today I hit two sevens, you cant make two sevens, and at 18 a hit another double there,” Woods continued.
“Three double-bogeys today and it just adds up to a pretty high number. But the flip side is that I was able to be aggressive and make some birdies and make some putts.
“I just need to balance it out.”
Woods, who insists he still believes himself capable of breaking Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championship record, discussed the sheer difficulty of being able to get back to the position he is in now to compete.
“Getting back to this point has tested me beyond anything I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime.
“The pain, the issues that I have, I mean, it was just rough,” he explained.
Overall, however, he was upbeat about his week and seemingly delighted to be playing tour golf once again.
“I think it was a great week to be back playing again, competing and playing against the best players in the world.”