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Confident Tiger Woods plays practice round ahead of comeback

Tiger Woods declared it was all systems go after sneaking in nine quick holes at Torrey Pines on Tuesday, two days ahead of his official PGA Tour comeback at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Tiger Woods showed he is still an early bird when he teed off shortly after the sun had risen over the Laguna Mountains.

He played the back nine on the South Course and was finished by 9.30 A.M.

Woods did not speak to reporters after his round, but had a quick word with ESPN while he was playing. He was confident that his game and heading in the right direction.

Woods, who has barely played in three years due to a serious back injury, returned after a 10-month absence when he took part in the unofficial Hero World Challenge, finishing a respectable ninth out of 18 players and swinging with apparent freedom.

"I've had a little more time to get ready for this event," he said. "I've played a lot more golf and overall I feel like I've made some nice changes. I feel good."

He hardly needs a practice round at Torrey Pines to know his way around. He has won on eight occasions here, seven times at the PGA Tour event and most notably at the 2008 U.S. Open.

That 14th major title was perhaps his greatest achievement, coming as it did as he carried multiple leg injuries.

He will get a look at the North Course on Wednesday in the pro-am.

Woods has won 79 times on the PGA Tour, second only to Sam Snead's 82.

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