Tiger Woods has admitted the combined toll of multiple operations on his battered body means he doesn’t think he “will ever feel great” again.
But the former world number one said he hoped to be able to compete for titles and majors in the future.
“I feel good, but not great,” said Woods, 41. “Granted, I don’t think I’ll ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations.”
The 14-time major-winner returned from a 16-month injury lay-off in December and has slumped to 674 in the world rankings.
“I am 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 good enough level then I’m fine with that,” he said.
Woods made an attempt to play in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic last week, pulling out with back spasms after a birdie-free first-round 77 left him 13 shots off the lead.