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Tiger Woods preaches patience heading into WGC-Bridgestone

Tiger Woods says it's been difficult trying to return from back surgery

Heading into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- his third tournament since back surgery in the spring -- Tiger Woods spoke Wednesday about the road to recovery and how tough it has been.

The former No. 1 golfer said the last few months have been more challenging than his return from previous injuries.

"There is no comparison between a knee and a back," he told reporters. "This thing is just way different. It's way more debilitating than I thought."

The WGC-Bridgestone tees off on Thursday at Firestone Country Club in Ohio. As the defending champion, Woods is hoping for a better showing than he managed at the Quicken Loans National and the British Open.

"Everything needs to get a little bit better," he said. "My good shots are still really good. My bad shots need to be in positions where I know I should miss the golf ball."

Gradually increasing his practice time, Woods has tried to remain patient about regaining top form, saying: "It takes a little bit of time."


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