Woods at Hero: 'I’m going to try to win this thing'

Tiger Woods’ tune was much different than it was a year ago when he couldn’t get out of bed without help and said anything else that happened in his playing career would be “gravy.”

This year at the Hero World Challenge, however, it was more similar to the one we’ve heard for most of the last 20 years.

“I’m entered in an event, I’m going to try to win this thing,” Woods said Tuesday in his pre-tournament news conference at the Bahamas event he hosts. “I know that’s a tall order since I’ve been away from the game for so long and I’ve made a lot of different changes in my game, but the mindset’s still the same.

“I know they’re going to try and beat me. I’m going to try and beat them.”

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Woods declared himself ready and says there are no particular parts of his game that he’s worried about. The biggest concern, he insists, is how his body will react to competing inside the ropes for the first time in 16 months.

“I haven’t had adrenaline in my system in a while and having that surge of adrenaline through my system, how much farther is this ball going to be going,” he wondered. “I know it generally is a half a club, but is it going to be more than that because I haven’t played or is it going to be less than that or be about that?”