Tiger Woods: Fourteen-time major champion has fourth back operation

first_imgTiger Woods says he “hasn’t felt this good in years” after having a fourth operation on his back, but added he will not “hurry” to return to golf.America’s 14-time major champion, 41, came back after 15 months out injured in December, but has not played since his back problems recurred in February.Plans to compete at Augusta in April – on the 20th anniversary of his first Masters win – had to be abandoned.”I want to play professional golf again but I’m not looking ahead,” he said.”I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”Woods’ first return to competitive action came in December at the Hero World Challenge – an 18-man tournament in the Bahamas – and he finished 15th at the PGA Tour event. He has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013, while his title drought in major championships dates back to 2008.”It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years,” he wrote on his website.”The long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry.”But I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”last_img

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