Woods: 'Incredible relief' to move past back injury


As far as season reviews go, Tiger Woods’ on-course exploits in 2014 were the worst of his career. He was hurt the majority of the year, underwent a major back surgery, didn’t record a top-10 in only seven starts, missed the Ryder Cup and tied for last in his own 18-man tournament. 

So in his “Reflections and Looking Ahead to 2015” blog on his website, posted Tuesday, Woods opted to look at what transpired off the course as reason to be thankful – the maturity of his kids (they're apparently teaching him how to use an iPad?), the return to the winner’s circle for girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, the success of niece Cheyenne, the growth of his foundation and golf-course design company. 

“2014 was one of my most frustrating years because I’ve been hurt pretty much all year,” Woods wrote. “I’m finally healthy enough to practice and dedicate myself to the game of golf again, and that’s going to be fun for next year.” 

Woods won five times in 2013, held the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year, but said that his back injury was “hit or miss some weeks and got progressively worse.” 

“Now that it feels healthy, strong and stable,” he wrote, “it’s fun to be able to play with my kids again, to play soccer and run around with them, shoot hoops  … things that I used to do and took for granted. For anybody who has ever had a bad back with nerve damage, it’s downright debilitating. To not feel that is finally just incredible relief.”

Woods said that he is still finalizing his 2015 schedule but “should have it figured out shortly.”