Ah, yes. Therein lies the tricky part ...
The 41-year-old is making his comeback at the competition for the third time but seems confident that this injury return will be for good. Most left the island with a nice sliver of optimism that the Great One could be, well, at least very good again.
Tiger Woods makes one more attempt to re-claim the kingdom he once owned.
"I never thought my kids have understood what I've been able to do in the game of golf because they always think I'm the YouTube golfer", Woods said Tuesday.
Back to the here and now. But when I started to come back for this event, Sam wanted to come out on the course with me.
That's it. Four days in Albany. I feel like I can hit every shot I want but still need to be in position at a tournament setting. I haven't had the adrenaline coursing through my system and the speed I normally swing at with adrenaline in my system.
"I know everyone was on me about the chipping difficulties I had. I haven't felt the adrenaline for a long time in my body..."
"I'm loving life now", the former world No.1 said. "My expectations have been tempered a little bit, because I've been away from the game about two years".
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"I didn't realise the slow, degrading nature of my back and how bad it got because it was a slow process". This time around, and having not truly played meaningful golf since the fall of 2015, does something in his heart tell him this comeback will be different?
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".
Tiger Woods, pictured after he withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic last February. At that time, troubled by excruciating pain in his lower back, Tiger barely touched the ball at the practice green during a promotional photo-shoot on the eve of the event he has hosted since 1999.
"People would ask me 'why don't you go out to dinner?' and I'd say 'I can't".
"I don't have the nerve pain going down my leg, and I don't have my leg twitching all over the place". Charlie was there when I won in Akron, but he doesn't remember it, he was too young.
Forget tournament golf. Woods hasn't been in shape to simply play social golf with his friends, and he's missed it. Since the beginning of 2014, he has made just 23 starts, three of those coming in the last two years.
"Most of the stuff they've watched has been highlight packages and they've never seen what I can do on a golf course".