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Tiger Woods says sometimes he did not know if back injury would prevent him getting out of bed

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 01:00

Woods continues return to competitive golf with Dubai Desert Classic

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SHOWS: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (JANUARY 31, 2017)(FALCON VNR - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) GOLFER TIGER WOODS SAYS: "I miss playing here, I miss being here. It's been a while since I was fit enough to play and travel as far again, so it's been good." 2. (SOUNDBITE)(English) INTERVIEWER PETER DAWSON SAYS: "The last 18 months must have been really frustrating for you. The whole world of golf is delighted to see you back." 3. (SOUNDBITE)(English) GOLFER TIGER WOODS SAYS: "It was tough. Peter, it was more than brutal. Because there were times when I physically didn't know if I could get out of bed. I had a lot of great people around me to help me, help keep my spirits up, and two of the most important people in my life kept my spirits up every day and that was my kids." 12. (SOUNDBITE)(English) INTERVIEWER PETER DAWSON SAYS: "Now everyone hoping you will do well this week in Dubai, you looking forward to it, feeling confident?" 13. (SOUNDBITE)(English) GOLFER TIGER WOODS SAYS: "I am looking forward to it, I am looking forward to the golf course which is going to be playing a lot more difficult this year. It is going to be tricky, it is going to be tricky for all of us. You have got to get the ball in play, the rough is up a little bit and so it is going to be tough." STORY: Tiger Woods continued his return to competitive golf on Tuesday (January 31) in Dubai, preparing to start the Dubai Desert Classic tournament on Thursday (February 2). The 41-year-old spoke about the back injury which has kept him out of the sport for 18 months. "It was tough," Woods said. "It was more than brutal. Because there were times when I physically didn't know if I could get out of bed. I had a lot of great people around me to help me, help keep my spirits up, and two of the most important people in my life kept my spirits up every day and that was my kids." Woods came back a week ago at the Farmers Insurance Open in California but his two rounds of 76 and a par 72 made him miss the cut. The Californian said the weather in Dubai reminded him of home and he was eager to start the tournament. "I am looking forward to the golf course which is going to be playing a lot more difficult this year. It is going to be tricky, it is going to be tricky for all of us. You have got to get the ball in play, the rough is up a little bit and so it is going to be tough," said Woods. The Dubai Desert Classic continues from Thursday's start, ending on Sunday (February 5).

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Tiger Woods says sometimes he did not know if back injury would prevent him getting out of bed

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 01:00