Faxon even wrote that at times Wood drive the ball further than Johnson who is considered one of the tour's longest hitters. "There are certain areas of my body that are worn out".
Of the round, Faxon remarked: "He was happy and, more than anything, he is finally pain-free".
Combine that with the emerging notion that with his health has come a renewed focus and fitness, and this time legitimate hope seems to be keeping pace with the hype.
The last time Woods completed four rounds was actually at last year's Hero World Challenge, when he finished 15th of the 17 players.
Woods last played a round with Trump in December 2016 when he was president-elect, according to Golf Digest. He had gone through three back surgeries at that point, the first one right before the 2014 Masters, and Woods looked relatively normal, with freedom in his swing.
Add Patrick Reed to the likes of DJ and Rickie Fowler as tour members Tiger has blown past as he prepares for his first competitive round since Dubai, and the victor of 79 tour victories should walk away with the trophy on Sunday, right?
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"The fact that I don't have any pain in my lower back compared to what I was living with for years, it's just remarkable", Woods told reporters on Sunday after a speedy practice round at Albany, where he will make his first start in nearly nine months at this week's Hero World Challenge.
On Sunday, Woods was cautiously optimistic that this most recent return could be successful after so many failures. And it's been a struggle for years. I am stiffer. Of course, [his lower back is] fused. "But I don't have the pain and if I don't have the pain life is so much better".
"It could be the next step, I just don't know and that's tough to live with", he added.
Patrick Reed played nine holes of practice with him Monday morning. I think he enjoyed seeing the difference in shots when you experiment'. But he did it past me a few times.
Reed, who last fortnight had led the opening round of the European Tour season-ending DP World Tour Championship, is just pleased to see Woods again competing.
Those of Woods' generation would probably warn Reed to be careful what you wish for.