The spinal fusion surgery meant Woods had to wait six months to take full swings, and did not get back to hitting balls in earnest until mid-October, just six weeks ago. "At that time, I had already played four par-fives and nothing happened".
"Then I thought he would play but never win again".
The American opened with a 12-foot birdie at the first and added further gains over his next three holes, before continuing the run by chipping in from a greenside bunker at the par-four fifth.
Tiger Woods looks to end the 2017 Hero World Challenge on a positive note after a bumpy 75 in Round 3. Both of his over-par scores came on par-5s, which he played in 1 over, clearly an aspect of his game that he will need to improve.
Despite the frustrations on Saturday, Woods said he was enjoying his return.
Woods, playing for the first time since February, was in trouble from the opening hole, hitting his tee shot at the par-four first into the sand bordering the fairway. "I haven't quite figured it out yet".
Global sporting icon Woods led for a short time during the second round and offered a demonstration of why he become a golfing great with a huge drive onto the green before holing a tricky putt for an eagle at the 350-yard par-four eighth in his final round on Sunday.
"If he continues along this way, the one thing I learned from my 10 years with Tiger is never say never with Tiger Woods".
"I've missed the fight and getting out there and competing, fighting against the golf course and the guys".
"These guys have been playing all year, they've been playing well, and if they make a few bogeys, who cares, they can make seven or eight birdies a day, especially on a golf course like this".
"He thinks he can win every tournament he plays in".