Tiger has accepted he will never feel great again

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Former world number one Tiger Woods has accepted that he will “never feel great” again after suffering a number of back and knee injuries in recent years. The 14-times major champion returned to action in December following a 15-month layoff but was forced to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic last week after the first round due to a back spasm. “There were a lot of times I didn’t think I was going to make it back,” Woods said. The 41-year-old American has racked up 79 PGA Tour victories in his career but has not won a major championship since 2008. “There have been plenty of times, plenty of times when I thought I would never play the game at the elite level,” Woods, ranked 674th in the world, said. “It was tough…it was more than brutal, because there were times when I physically didn’t know if I could get out of bed and there were times when I needed help just to get out of bed. “I feel good not great. Granted I don’t think I’ll ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations,” he added. Woods is hoping to play in the U.S. Masters in April, the first major of the year. “I’m always going to be a little bit sore, it’s just the way it is. But as long as I can function, and function at a new level, then I’m fine with that,” he said.

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TIGER WOODS SAYING: “I feel good not great. Granted I don’t think I’ll ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations. “I’m always going to be a little bit sore, it’s just the way it is. But as long as I can function, and function at a new level, then I’m fine with that.”

TIGER WOODS REPLYING TO A QUESTION WHERE HE WAS ASKED WHETHER DESPAIR EVER TOOK OVER: “There have been plenty of times, plenty of times when I thought I would never play the game at the elite level. Putting in the leg work, you’ve got to get in the gym, you’ve got to hit balls, you’ve got to refine your game, not make dumb mistakes out there on the golf course, in order to do that you’ve got to play a lot and I couldn’t play. “Playing once every three or four weeks, that’s not going to cut it, and there were a lot of times when I thought I was not going to make it back.”

TIGER WOODS SAYING: “It was tough Peter, it was more than brutal, because there were times when I physically didn’t know if I could get out of bed and there were times when I needed help just to get out of bed. It was one of the hardest things to wrap my head around, I had a lot of great people around to help me, help keep my spirits up.”

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