The saga of Tiger Woods’ health has been mostly one frustrating disappointment after another.
The 14-time major winner has missed most of the past two years in his attempt to get his back (in addition to his head) healthy to a point where he can golf and look at least something like he once did.
Last month, another setback delayed his regular return, as he required another surgery: a spinal fusion this time.
Tiger opened up about his health, one month post-fusion, and had some encouraging words: he feels pretty good.
- Surgery Needed: Tiger says the spinal fusion was necessary, as the pain was too strong to be able to play golf at the level he has become accustomed to.
- Feeling Great: The April surgery has had very positive results, as Tiger said that he is feeling less pain than he has in years.
- No Retirement Plans: Tiger reiterated that he does not want to retire and has no plans to move on from professional golf.
- No Timetable For Return: There is no timetable for when Tiger could be back on the PGA Tour. His focus is on getting healthy, regardless of how long it takes.
- Original Return: He originally returned to competitive action at the Farmers Insurance Open in February, missing the cut.
- One More Round: Tiger played one more round: at the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic, but withdrew after an opening 77, and has not played since.
- Thank You Davis Love III: Love has been especially encouraging for Tiger, informing him of his success after alleviating pain with a spinal fusion of his own.
- Pamphlet About Peyton: Love suggested that Tiger talk to former NFL great Peyton Manning, who shattered professional records coming off a similar surgery.
“There’s no hurry. But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”
This post appeared originally as part of the Daily Rundown.