BETHESDA, Md. -- After playing in the Quicken Loans National pro-am on Wednesday, Tiger Woods said his problematic back felt "great."
"Which is a really good sign," he added.
Woods returns to actual competition on Thursday after a three-month absence due to microdiscectomy surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back. He'll tee off No.10 with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day at 8:12 a.m. ET.
Woods was a little rusty in the pro-am, as he expected to be. But he made one birdie and a single bogey, and the 79-time PGA TOUR champ was basically pleased with his performance.
"Generally it feels good," Woods said. "I hit some loose shots today but I also hit some really good ones."
Those loose shots often veered right as Woods works to strengthen his grip.
"Something that we were working on last week, just tends to creep over there into a weaker position but strengthening it again and start piping it again," Woods said.
Woods planned to get treatment on his back after the pro-am. As the tournament host, he also had some functions to attend prior to concentrating on the first round.
"This golf course is playing tough," Woods said. "The guys aren't going to go really low here. Just got to keep it in front of me and obviously put the ball in the right spots on these greens because if you're in the wrong spots, it's an unfortunately tough task to make birdies."