Woods satisfied with return

Tiger Woods battled to a three-over-par 74 in his return to golf at the Congressional Country Club on Thursday, but the former world number one was pleased with his performance regardless.

The former world number one started his round slowly, but birdied three of his last six holes to move into a tie for 83rd in what is his first warm-up tournament for next month’s Open Championship.

“The more I played, the more I felt comfortable about shot selections, my sight lines, all different things,” Woods said.

“I played a lot better than the score indicated, which is good.

“I made so many little mistakes.

“The hard part was just getting into the rhythm of playing competitively.

“Adrenaline is rushing and I hit the ball further out here than I do at home.”

Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 US Open and hasn’t carded a score below 70 during the final two rounds of a major championship since the Masters at Augusta in 2011.

This weekend’s Quickens Loans National is his first event since he carded a 78 – his worst final round score of his pro career – at Doral at the beginning of March.

“It really is (a relief). It’s nice to get back out here playing again,” Woods continued.

“I’ve been held back where I just haven’t been able to let it go. Now I’m able to start doing that. That has always been the challenge.”