Tiger Woods said Tuesday during a news conference in Mexico City to promote the Bridgestone America’s Golf Cup that he was facing a “long and tedious” recovery from back surgery.
However, that doesn’t mean that Woods has given up on his quest to surpass Jack Nicklaus as the game’s all-time major wins leader.
"It's important for me to have more than 18 majors when all is said and done," Woods said. "It took Jack his whole career to achieve it and mine is not done yet. I believe that I have a very good record for 20 years on the Tour. The main thing is to get fit and to reach my 40s with good health to be as successful as Vijay (Singh), who won most of his tournaments at that age."
"It's something that I hope I will be able to do," he said. "I want to play at an elite level with the new kids for a long, long time."
Singh, a one-time Woods rival, won a PGA Tour-record 22 times in his 40s – but only one major during that decade. Woods last won on Tour at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his 79th career title. He trails Sam Snead by three on the all-time wins list.
Woods announced on Sept. 18 that he had endured a second back surgery. He said there is no timetable for his return.