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Justin Thomas has a warning for Tiger Woods ahead of his comeback

30 November 2017

PODCAST: Is this the Tiger Woods' comeback that sticks? Right now, that's not even a small part of his thought process.

Woods added, "I missed being able to play golf with my friends".

Back to the here and now.

The 14-time major victor signed a 13-club equipment deal with TaylorMade in January but never had the opportunity to work his way into the company's current lineup before undergoing lower right back fusion surgery in April. I feel like I can hit every shot I want but still need to be in position at a tournament setting. The wind is supposed to be low this weekend and if it blows 30 miles an hour, I'm going to have to hit some shots. I haven't had the adrenaline coursing through my system and the speed I normally swing at with adrenaline in my system. I may have to blast a few.

"I don't know where I'm at". "I don't know my body yet. Once I get a better understanding, I can give you a better answer". After all, two years ago here, a weak and vulnerable Tiger declared how unsure he was about his future as a golfer.

"I didn't realize the slow, degrading nature of my back and how bad it had gotten to".

During a candid press conference - in which, for the first time he talked about his humiliating episode in May when he was found by police slumped over his steering wheel - the 42-year-old spoke of his determination to prove that he is more than a "YouTube golfer". "Last year I was struggling a little bit with the pain, I look like I was playing in slo-mo".

Tiger Woods, pictured after he withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic last February.

The globe-trotting Englishman has been to China, Turkey, Dubai and Hong Kong in four of the past five weeks, winning twice and almost pulling off a third straight victory at the season-ending European Tour event.

"People would ask me 'why don't you go out to dinner?' and I'd say 'I can't". Charlie was there when I won in Akron, but he doesn't remember it, he was too young. I have played a few rounds with JT (Justin Thomas), (Daniel) Berger, Rory (McIlroy), Rickie (Fowler), DJ (Dustin Johnson) you go out there and challenge yourself against these guys and see where do you stand... how good are my skills after a long layoff... in tournament how would I react...

"I was trying to sleep, which I hadn't done in a very long time because of the things I've been dealing with", he said. I hadn't done that in two years. But this summer he took them to Miami to see their soccer hero, Argentine Lionel Messi, and visited with him in the locker room after the game.

This time around, the legend is content with getting through four days.

Justin Thomas has a warning for Tiger Woods ahead of his comeback