Tiger Woods has revealed that the fun has returned to his game as he continues his comeback following five months on the sidelines.
Woods, who returns to action for the first time since the US Masters at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte this week, admitted before the season's first major that the enjoyment had gone from his work as he became engulfed by his personal problems.
However, finishing joint fourth at Augusta has helped him to rediscover his love for golf, and he said: "It's been more fun, no doubt. I have had a lot of struggles internally for a while now and that's one of the reasons why it wasn't that much fun."
He added: "The game is now where it used to be and where it should be. It should be fun. It is a game.
"Even though I do it for a living, it's still a game and it wasn't that for a while."
Woods' return after lurid details of his private life became public knowledge has sparked fears of abuse from spectators, despite a generally positive response to date.
However, while he does not expect to be a target this week, Woods has vowed to handle it if it comes his way.
"Whether they do or not, it's happened before, and happened before any of this ever happened," he said. "I have dealt with that before.
"But as far as the fans here over the years, they have been great and there is no reason why that shouldn't continue."