Tiger Woods wrote Wednesday on his website that he is making good progress in his recovery from spinal fusion surgery, and intends to resume his competitive golf career when he is fully healthy.
Woods provided an update on several topics in his latest post, going into more detail about the reason for his most recent back surgery and the prognosis.
“I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again,” he wrote.
When that might happen remains unclear. After three previous back surgeries did not eliminate the pain, Woods elected to have fusion surgery in April.
“I could no longer live with the pain I had,” Woods wrote. “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. I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope. The process leading up to my decision to have surgery was exhaustive. I consulted with a specialist, and after weighing my options, that’s when I decided to go to Texas to have surgery.
“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.”
Woods said his long-term prognosis is good. He is walking and doing rehabilitation. It will be two to three months, Woods said, before he can begin twisting his back.
“There’s no hurry,” he said.
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