Woods upbeat after more surgery

21 April 2017 05:13:17 EST

Former world number one Tiger Woods is confident that his latest round of surgery will help him finally banish his long-term injury problems.

The 41-year-old has been forced to go under the knife three times in just over 18 months, having been badly hampered by pain in both his back and his legs.

When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life.

Tiger Woods

However, the 14-time Major champion was in an upbeat mood after the latest procedure to try and repair the damage to his lower back, which saw him have a disc removed and two vertebrae fused together.

A statement on Woods' official website read: "The surgery went well and I'm optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain.

"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."

The statement also confirmed that a full recovery period in the region of six months is to be expected, meaning that Woods, who was forced to miss the recent Masters at Augusta, is set to miss the rest of the season.

He is therefore certain to have to sit out the US Open, Open Championship and USPGA Championship later this year.

Woods last tasted Major success at the 2008 US Open, where he fought off the effects of a serious knee problem to defeat fellow American Rocco Mediate in a play-off.

He can be backed at 12/1 to win the 2018 Masters at Augusta, with rising Spanish star Jon Rahm priced at 22/1 and Thomas Pieters available at 66/1.

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