Woods sustained the injury during the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in February and has not played any competitive golf since then.
"A lot of guys understand and have been through what I’ve gone through and they know how tough it is," Woods told Sky Sports. "A lot of them are my friends, and people don’t realise how close-knit this fraternity is out here. It’s nice to come here and see the guys, but more importantly I’m competing again."
Woods admitted that his recovery was a long and arduous process, but added that he is glad to be fully fit prior to the first major of the season.
"It was a long process, a lot of hard work and countless hours to try and get back," he said. "We've implemented a new release pattern and it took a lot of effort.
"To have (coach) Chris Como there was great, he had to understand my 'feels'. We worked hard, it was a lot of fun but very difficult as well."