Tiger Woods teeing off Hero World Challenge midday with Justin Thomas

WATCH: Tiger Woods' driver swing at Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods says lack of back pain 'just remarkable' ahead of his return

And those comments were confirmed by Faxon, who completed the fourball over the Thanksgiving holiday at Trump's course.

Before the game began, Trump had tweeted that he was heading to the course for a quick round with Woods and Johnson, without mentioning Faxon.

It was the first time Reed had played with Woods since the opening round of the Hero World Challenge a year ago.

By all accounts, it seems like Tiger is finally ready for a full comeback onto the PGA TOUR and the Hero Challenge was the ideal spot to return.

"Tiger looked this morning he was playing pain free and down the last there, he out-drove me by 60 yards and he out-drove me every hole of the nine we played". I was like, "Yep, I hit driver today". He looked great. I think more than anything, he looked at ease. I've progressed over a few days, hitting driver a little hard and harder and harder until it was comfortable enough to hit it full. "The ball flight, the sound off the club, all of it was right there".

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Although normally understated, add Patrick Reed to a growing list of PGA Tour types who see this most recent version of Tiger Woods in a different light.

"I haven't really competed in two years, really", Woods said ahead of his first start since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic after round one in February.

There's no denying, however, that the vast majority of people out there - golfers and non-golfers alike - have felt sympathy for Woods during his fight with this health issue, which reached crisis point when he was nearly hirpling around the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club during the first round of the
Omega Dubai Desert Classic in
early February.

Thomas, the reigning Player of the Year, will play with Tiger Woods during the first two rounds of the Hero World Challenge. That was his only competitive outing of 2016. And it's been a struggle for years. "To finally come out on the good side of it, it's exciting". I am stiffer [due to his lower back being fused]. "I haven't really done much". I haven't done much.

Just a couple of weeks ago Rickie Fowler said that Tiger was "hitting it way by me", and now Faxon has given further credence to such claims: "I was impressed with how far he hit the ball", Faxon said.

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