Woods lamented another day of mistakes and acknowledged that his game needs work. But he also took the long view, recognizing that he's now played just six rounds of competitive golf since returning from surgery and has played two tournaments when many wondered if he'd be here at all.
"Well, yeah, that includes my docs," Woods said. "The fact I was able to play a few weeks ahead of time, and I'm only getting stronger and faster, which is great.
"I just had to get more game time. I think we did the smart thing by not playing too much leading into this event, just want to assess how my back was. And where I need to strengthen, how I need to go about it, how to gain my explosiveness again, and all that's come along."
Prior to the tournament, Woods responded to a question about his satisfaction level this week by saying finishing first would be the only answer. But that was hardly realistic.
Woods said he expected competitive rust issues to be an issue, but figured he could work his way through it.
"I just thought that -- I know how to play links golf, I know how to grind it on these golf courses, and hitting the shots I thought I could get around here," he said. "I did the first day. After a bad start I got it back. And unfortunately, as I said, I made too many mistakes with the doubles and triples.
"I've got more game time under my belt. Obviously there's a lot of things I need to work on, but I haven't been able to work on a lot. I was down for three months. So I'm just now starting to come back."