Tiger Woods back for Quicken

"All those things are up in the air. But after I had the procedure, it was immediate relief, and it's just a matter of getting through that pain part. It wasn't the shocking pain or debilitating pain, it was just pain from the surgery, from the incision, but it wasn't like it was right before.''

The last of Woods' 79 victories came in August at the Bridgestone Invitational. The following week he experienced back pain at the PGA Championship and again two weeks later at the Barclays.

Woods' offseason was spent trying to manage the back problems and prepare for 2014, all of which went awry just three tournaments into the season.

Now, if he remains healthy, he brings back into play two major championships as well as qualifying for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, as well as showing U.S. captain Tom Watson that he is fit to play the Ryder Cup in September.

"If you're actually adhering to and listening to the people that know better than you do, it really doesn't matter what makes you antsy about getting back to golf,'' Steinberg said. "You just have to stay the course. As he said, it was about chipping and putting and then it was about extending that, maybe 5 yards or 10 years as a time. So long as there is no discomfort or pain, you just continue down that path. Fortunately he's had no setbacks whatsoever.''

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