Tiger steps back onto golf’s world stage

AKRON, Ohio – Just after the sun came up Tuesday and painted the sky orange, Tiger Woods walked across the practice range to the first tee at Firestone Country Club with no sign of a limp, leaving footprints from a pair of prototype Nike shoes on the wet grass.

Those were the first steps back on a road full of questions. Now that Woods, 35, is officially back after missing three months with an injured knee, his performance at the W.G.C.-Bridgestone Invitational will show how much game he brought with him for a stretch of important events.

He said at a news conference Tuesday that he feels great and that missing the past three months had been his own fault. He said he came back too quickly after injuring the knee at the Masters because he had wanted badly to play in the Players Championship in May.

“It was minor,” he said of the injury, “but I came back and played. If I had just sat out another week or two, I’d probably have been playing through this stretch. But I wanted to come back and play and made it worse.”

Woods said he considered returning to action last week but this time followed his doctors’ advice about being patient.

“And I’m glad I did,” he said. “Because I feel great now.”

This week, he will show if he is ready to contend, or if he’s here at an event he has won seven times just to kick off the rust to prepare for next week’s PGA Championship.

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