Tiger Woods has underlined his desire to return to professional golf as he continues his recovery from his latest injury setback.
The 14-time major winner has consistently struggled with back problems in recent years and he underwent a fourth operation on the issue last month to try and alleviate the pain in his back and leg.
Woods has now confirmed that the operation was a success, but he insists he will take his time as he continues his recovery, rather than trying to rush back a return to the PGA Tour.
“My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful,” a statement on Woods’ website said. “It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse. 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.”
The 41-year-old has not played competitively since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February and he has dismissed fears he may never be able to return to the professional game by highlighting his unequivocal desire to compete once again.
Woods added: “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.”
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