Temper expectations for Tiger at PGA

"My physio is here, and if it does go out, he's able to fix it," Woods said after one of the more surreal practice-round settings you'll find, with spectators and media in abundance. "One of those things, again, I still need to build strength, still need to continue to get stronger. Just going to take more time."

For all the drama that came with Woods and his practice round and whether or not he would even be here, the 14-time major champion actually had pretty much decided on Tuesday he was going to play. "My range of motion was good," he said.

And so he flew to Louisville on Wednesday morning, landed just before noon, headed to his accommodations for the week, changed clothes, ate lunch -- and then created a mini-frenzy when he got to Valhalla.

Perhaps the biggest news out of this is that Woods' injury Sunday was not related to the March 31 back surgery that kept him out for three months. Who knows what the situation might be had that been the case?

Instead -- without being privy to any discussions with his doctors or trainers -- this would appear to be an isolated incident that could have occurred to anyone, or even Woods with a good back.

And from Sunday to now, Woods was able to get the proper medical attention to alleviate the pain, followed by rest, therapy and perhaps some good fortune.

No explanation is going to pacify the doubters. They are out there in full force, convinced that one of the game's greats conveniently puts on an act in the name of not posting a score.

Woods is not suddenly healed. Even before Sunday's issues, he was nowhere near full strength. This comeback is going to take time and the struggles at Firestone were clearly a setback. To expect much at Valhalla this week is asking an awful lot.

But Woods is stubborn, sometimes to his own detriment, oblivious to the chatter.

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