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Woods, who returns to competition on Thursday in the Hero World Challenge, played his first official practice round in 10 months yesterday and also revealed that having his two young children around him throughout his lay-off kept him ‘sane’.

Woods, 41, had a fourth back surgery on April 19 and turned back the clock yesterday with an impressive display in practice, out-driving partner, Patrick Reed by 30 yards at the first on route to the first of four birdies over his nine holes.

But it has taken many months of agony for Woods to reach this point. He said: “Many may forget that I spent much of this year in bed so much I couldn’t even get out of bed to have a ****.

“Often I needed help just to get out of bed. Often, I would have to roll myself out of bed and take a **** in a bucket because I physically could not do something as basic as go to the toilet by myself.

“The thing is pain is so personal and no one knows the pain I endured. We know what nerve pain can be like and no one can go through it with you and no one could understand the pain I was going through.

“I was just using drugs on top of drugs just trying to kill the nerve pain. I was like something hitting your body about 200 times a day. And the thing is that I didn’t know when it was coming.

“But that I’m fully healthy again there is no way I cannot stay healthy. I can’t see any reason why not and, while I’m pleased with how I’m hitting the ball, it is still just small steps for me at the…



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