The 14-major championship winner finished day one on Ohio at two-under-par, six behind leader Adam Scott, of Australia. The signs for his return to form are even more visible when considered that he had three birdies and only one bogey after such a long hiatus.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the end of the first day of the tournament, Woods said, "I felt good today, I hit the ball really flush. The hardest part was to control my distance. It was fun. I've got much more speed and compression through impact and the ball is taking off. I was hitting numbers I haven't hit before."
When asked about what he missed most while being away from the game, the former World number one said, "The competition, by far...I'm right there. Six back, three rounds to go I'll keep plugging forward and playing my way round the golf course. It's fun to be walking around pain free."
It can be recalled that the former World number one golfer from the US had injured his leg at the Players Championship in Florida in May 2011. The injury forced him to sit out of three tournaments - US Open, AT & T and the British Open. AT & T was his own personal tournament.
Meanwhile, Woods has confirmed his participation for the upcoming Australian Open golf.