Tiger Woods

Stop us if you have heard this before, but Tiger Woods seems to feel confident he’ll be back in the swing of things fairly soon. Woods has been battling back spasms and other injury concerns for some time now, but after undergoing yet another surgery on his back, Woods says he is ready to move past it all.

“The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,” Woods said in a released statement on his official website. “When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.”

Dr. Richard Guyer, who performed the surgery on Woods, says the rehab will take some time to fully heal, which would suggest we’re not going to see Woods back in a competitive¬†mode for a while, perhaps at least six months. But are you really surprised by that?

“After he recovers from surgery, he will gradually begin his rehabilitation until he is completely healed,” Guyer said. “Once that’s accomplished, his workouts will be geared to allowing him to return to competitive golf.”

We have spent a lot of time wondering when or if Woods can ever truly return to being the kind of player that has a legitimate shot at winning another major tournament, or any tournament for that matter. The feeling seems to be that moment has passed, which is a shame. It always stinks when one of the sport’s greats takes a tumble from greatness. Just last September, Woods announced his return to the golf world with the intent of playing in three events. Now, Woods is back focusing on rehab instead of his swing and putting.

But at least we can always look forward to seeing the return of Mac Daddy Santa.

[TigerWoods.com]

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