Woods appreciates being back

31 December 2017 06:23:07 GMTPlus11

Tiger Woods admits he now appreciates being fit and healthy enough to play competitive golf after the pain of his latest recovery from back surgery.

The 14-time Major winner made his return earlier in December with four rounds at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, placing inside the top-ten of the elite field.

Woods underwent his most recent back surgery in April and was sidelined for almost 10 months in total.

I'm continuing to progress and trying to get strong enough to where I can handle a workload again.

Tiger Woods

Such was the seriousness of his issues, Woods needed help getting out of bed and was unable to walk at times. He's now relieved to be back on the golf course and looking forward to 2018.

"I hadn't played without pain for a long time - it was nice to just go out there and chill out," the 41-year-old wrote on his website, reflecting on the Bahamas.

"During that 10-month period I was away from the game, I had a hard time walking and often needed assistance getting out of bed.

"I appreciate competitive golf now more than I ever have."

Woods is 21.00 to win a fifth Green Jacket of his career at the Masters in April, while he's available at 6.00 to win any Major championship in 2018.

His schedule on the PGA Tour is, as yet, unknown and the American says he'll take things slowly.

"I'm continuing to progress and trying to get strong enough to where I can handle a workload again," he added.

"What that entails, including back-to-back events, I don't know. This is all uncharted territory."

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