The former world number one and 14-time major winner will relaunch his career at the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club near San Jose, having not played since failing to make the cut at the USPGA Championship owing to injury.
Since then, his ranking has fallen so much that he is now outside the world`s top 50, while fresher names such as Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald have muscled him out at the top of the sport.
Woods, though, who has a new caddie in Joe LaCava and a rebuilt swing, claims incessant practice at his home course in Florida means he is ready to take on the world once more.
"I`ve been playing a lot of holes and getting my instincts back," Woods told a pre-tournament press conference that was streamed on the Tour`s official website.
"Joey came out here a couple of days ago and worked the course and got all the numbers. I told him what I wanted on each hole.
"So far I have struggled on the pace, I`ve been trying to get a feel for the course. I need to do some work on that and be ready for tomorrow [Friday]."
When it was put to him that he may never win another major, Woods added: "It`s not the first time I`ve heard that. I`ve kept on winning.
"Success for this week? Getting the `W`."
Woods posted a low score of 62 in Florida recently, and he believes that having been able to hone his game at his leisure on his home course, he is ready to be competitive.
"I hadn`t posted that low a round in a long time, so it felt good to do so," he said.
"It was pretty easy and I left a few out there. I`ve been playing 36 and 45 holes a day and getting my instincts back, seeing how it feels.
"You can do what you want on the range, but playing is different.
"I`ve turned the corner and have been shooting some good round. It was pretty good to post a 62. It was a pretty easy round.
"I`m excited to be here and playing. I needed to play a lot at home. I was shut down from the Masters and that`s not a lot of gold.
"I needed to play holes, hit shots and feel the winds. Every day is hot in Florida, but there are winds. I have worked my way back gradually."