Tiger Woods is pain-free for the first time in two years but accepts he will never regain the game that saw him dominate golf for a decade.
The world number four returns for the first time since back surgery in April to play the US PGA Tour's National event at Congressional this week.
The 38-year-old won the last of his 14 major titles at the US Open at Torrey Pines in 2008.
Woods is ahead of schedule for a playing return as he had initially targeted next month's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, where he last lifted the Claret Jug in 2008.
Woods says a lot of work and people have got him to this stage of being able to play again.