I had a hard time seeing my lines, says Tiger Woods

Two weekends ago at the PGA Championship, Woods finished runner-up and captivated the crowd along the way as he charged to a final round 6-under 64.

"One of the hardest things from this year is trying to find the right balance, but as the summer has went on I've gotten better". "If you have a bad tourney here and there, at least you know it's not going to kill you". "I was able to make that". I wasn't thinking about the tour. "I just need to worry about myself and try to get myself in position come Atlanta, and from there we'll see what we can do".

One of the most decorated players of all time, Woods has failed to win a major championship since 2008 - suffering injuries and personal issues in the years following. "A few misses in the rough but these fairways aren't exactly wide so I don't expect to hit them all". "But man, it's been so special to have this opportunity".

After that, wherever Woods teed it up, he dominated the proceedings.

Stuck on 14 career major championships since 2008, Woods, even in defeat at Bellerive, gave fans a performance they'd been waiting years to see. After another 18 holes, Woods found himself at even-par for the tournament. He switched to a different putter starting with the Quicken Loans National, where he tied for fourth, and had three of his better tournaments of the year since that change. "But this has been so different", he said. And I don't know how many more years I have left, but I'm certainly not like I was when I was 22. "People understand that", he said.

Woods is on his "real" comeback tour.

He starts The Northern Trust, which begins Thursday, ranked 20th of the 125 players to have qualified, assuring him qualification to the opening three tournaments. He tees off at the Northern Trust this week.

Woods is playing next week's Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston and is assured of a spot in the BMW Championship the following week.

The Ryder Cup is also on his mind. "We go back to how everyone received me at Tampa, that was very special and I had not received ovations and warmth like that".

Woods is ranked 11th on the USA Ryder Cup points table but must wait until September 5 to learn whether he has earned one of captain Furyk's wildcard selections. Three weeks later at Shinnecock Hills, he became the first player in 29 years to win back-to-back in the U.S. Open.

"To lift that trophy in Atlanta would be definitely a big accomplishment", he said.

"That's a lot of golf (coming up)", he added. It's about pacing myself. Finding a "balance" in his practice and rehab has been a challenge for him all year. As the summer as gone on I've gotten better, and felt better. Yet, Rory remains almost $10 million in arrears of Woods' FedEx Cup earnings.

"It's just one day".

  • Julie Sanders