Tiger Woods says he “hasn’t felt this good in years” after Undergoing a fourth operation on his back, but added he is in no “hurry” to return to golf.
America’s 14-time major champion, 41, came back after 15 months out since December, but has not played since his back problems recurred in February.
Plans to compete at Augusta in April – on the 20th anniversary of his first Masters win – which was abandoned.
“I want to play professional golf again but I’m not looking ahead,” he said.
“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.”
Woods’ first return to competitive action came in December at the Hero World Challenge – an 18-man tournament in the Bahamas – and he finished 15th at the PGA Tour event.
He has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013, while his title drought in major championships dates back to 2008.
“It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years,”he wrote on his website.
“The long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. 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.
“But I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”