Following a nine-month lay-off from his latest back operation,
14-time major champion Woods will finally return to golf at the Hero
World Challenge on November 30.
It's the comeback many in the sport have been waiting for, but it's
fair to say that more than a few of Woods' peers doubt whether he can
overcome all of his injury troubles, which have resulted in four back
operations in the last three years.
"Obviously having (Woods) for golf is great, we all know that and
whoever doesn't agree is not telling the truth," World No. 11 Garcia
"It's going to be interesting to see. I think at the end of the day,
anything that can help the game of golf is good for us and hopefully he
can make it, but we'll just have to wait and see.
"I think that's a big question mark that we all have, he's going to play in a couple of weeks and we'll see how he feels.
"Nobody knows how he's going to physically react to playing and
competing again, nobody knows how he's going to be mentally," added
"I guess it's going to be a test for him to see how he feels... in a
couple of weeks, we'll see how he does, and then we'll see if he can
come back next year and start playing a little bit more regularly."
Garcia is in Dubai for this week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship on the European Tour.
The Spaniard - who won his first major championship at Augusta in
April - has an outside chance of walking away with the Race to Dubai
title and being crowned European No 1 for the season, and admits winning
it would be 'icing on the cake'.
Garcia admitted his season has been one of highs and lows, and that
he hasn't performed as well as he'd have liked to since his Masters win.
"I kind of faded out a little bit after winning (in) Augusta because
of that and it probably showed on some of my rounds," he said.
"I guess it's normal after such a high and I've been starting to
relax a bit more, playing a bit more like I know what to do and we're
finishing the year on a high note, which is nice to do."
Garcia also offered some insight into his recent split with long-time sponsor TaylorMade following a 15-year association.
He will use Callaway equipment in Dubai this week, while he seeks to
finalise an agreement with one of the golfing giants - with Callaway
currently leading the fight for his signature.
"At the moment it's the company that's in front of the other ones," Garcia said.
"What we've been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me.
"Now it's just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it
in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.
"Then if there's any changes that need to be made, then we have time in the off-season to get it sorted out."
Garcia also said the decision to split with TaylorMade was not
completely his own choice, hinting that he struggled to reach an
amicable agreement with the company, which has a number of lucrative
deals with some of the most high-profile golfers in the world -
including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and World No 1 Dustin Johnson.
TaylorMade also separated from parent company adidas in May, adding a wrinkle to new negotiations.
"It wasn't only my decision," he said of the split. "I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end."
"All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving adidas. We couldn't come to an agreement."