"Which is a really good sign," the former long-time world number
one added about his comeback after surgery to repair a pinched nerve
in his back.
Woods is set to tee off in Thursday's opening round with emerging
20-year-old American Jordan Spieth and Australian Jason Day in the
morning wave at 8:12 a.m. ET (1212 GMT).
Woods was a bit rusty in the Pro-Am, making one birdie and a single
bogey, but the winner of 79 PGA Tour events, including 14 major
championships, was basically pleased.
"Generally it feels good," said Woods, who on Tuesday told reporters
he felt more pain-free than he had in two years. "I hit some loose
shots today but I also hit some really good ones."
Woods, host of the Quicken Loans tournament which benefits his
charity foundation, said Congressional was no easy test.
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"This golf course is playing tough," Woods said of the site of the
2011 U.S. Open. "The guys aren't going to go really low here."
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)
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