Tiger Woods: I was hitting my 8-iron just 135 yards

Tiger Woods: I was hitting my 8-iron just 135 yards

As Tiger Woods recently made his return back to the golf course for the first time after microdiscectomy surgery back in March, the former world No. 1 said he struggled to play the game the way he has been for most of his life.

Woods said he struggled to play, limited in what he could do by his recovery from a back procedure and the sheer rust of not swinging a golf club for several months.

Woods was sarcastic, however, when he said. "I broke 50 ... for 9. The first time. Just like when I was 3. My prime's coming up."

The 14-time major winner was not joking, though, when he said he had trouble in regaining his trademark distance through the bag. Woods said he had been hitting his 8-iron just 135 yards in practice because he's been unable to put the kind of torque into his swing he typically would. That distance is as much as 50 yards shy of his max distance with that club.

"I'm out there pumping 8-irons 135 and that's all I have," Woods said.

Admitting that he won't be able to swing at the ball as aggressively as normal, Woods said he still hopes to win his tournament for the third time this week.

"Expectations don't change," Woods said. "[Winning is] the ultimate goal, it's just going to be a little bit harder this time."