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Tiger Woods says he “hasn’t felt this good in years”

Tiger Woods has broken his silence since having a fourth back surgery last month, saying he hasn’t felt this good in years.

The 14-time major winner has been out of action since having the op on his back in April after suffering back spasms. In a blog on his website, Woods wrote: “It is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years.”

Woods had fusion surgery similar to the fusion/disc replacement surgeries Davis Love III, Retief Goosen and Lee Trevino all underwent in the past.

“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.” Woods added.

He will now rest, being unable to twist or swing a golf club for two and half to three months, but maintains he wants to come back and compete on Tour again.

“I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again,” he said.

He also told of his disappointment at missing this year’s Masters.

“I did everything I could to play at Augusta and was ready to go. Unfortunately, it was kind of like the 2008 U.S. Open. The pain was post-impact when I swung the club. I figured, ‘Can I handle it?’ This time the answer was, ‘probably not.’ That shows the effect nerve pain can have.

“Obviously, it was a huge disappointment not to play. I hate to miss any major, especially the Masters, but the reality is I just couldn’t play.”

Woods hasn’t played since the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic in early February where he pulled out after his opening round with back spasms.

If he does make a full recovery, some dates for his return may be the Turkish Airlines Open in early November, or the Hero World Challenge in early December.

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