Tim Clark

Tiger's returns from a layoff not what they used to be

Tiger Woods used to have no trouble returning to golf after a long layoff.

That was when he was much younger, before the injuries and surgeries began piling up, before the annual arrival of more young players who made golf stronger than ever.

Woods first had to miss tournaments because of injury going into the 2003 season. Woods had surgery on his left knee during the offseason and didn't play for two months until he returned at Torrey Pines.

He won by four shots.

Woods stayed away from golf for 10 weeks in 2007, the year his first child was born. He returned at his Target World Challenge.

He won by seven shots.

But this is different.

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