In a long post Wednesday on his website, Tiger Woods said he remains committed to playing professional golf again.
He just doesn’t know when that will be.
And he’s in no rush to find out.
Woods had fusion surgery on his back on April 19 – his fourth procedure to his back since April of 2014 – and will not play on the PGA Tour this season. He was unable to attend last weekend’s Tiger Jam in Las Vegas, an elaborate fundraiser for his foundation. Instead, he continued his rehab in Florida.
The 14-time major champion and winner of 79 PGA Tour titles has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 after an opening-round 73.
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He’s only made three worldwide starts the past two years.
“As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse,” Woods wrote. “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. Presently, I’m not looking ahead. 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, who holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 in the world (683) but is now ranked No. 860, said he felt “instant nerve relief” after his latest surgery.
“I haven’t felt this good in years,” he wrote. “I could no longer live with the pain I had. We tried every possible non-surgical route and nothing worked. I had good days and bad days, but the pain was usually there, and I couldn’t do much. Even lying down hurt.
” … You mention the word ‘fusion,’ and it’s scary. Other guys who have had fusions or disc replacements like Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins and Dudley Hart … they have all come back and played. But more than anything, it made their lives better. That’s the most important thing … that I can have a life again with my kids.”
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