Woods looking forward to pain-free return in '16

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Tiger Woods says he is ready to put a “tough year” behind him and focus on what he hopes is a healthy and competitive 2016 season.

In his year-end column on his website, Woods reflected on his 20-year career, his three greatest accomplishments (’97 Masters, Tiger Slam and made-cut streak), how golf has changed over the past two decades (equipment and fitness) and what was a “frustrating” 2015 because of injury and ineffectiveness.

After two back surgeries this fall – his third since March 2014 – Woods has no timetable for his return to competition.

“The thing I’m looking forward to the most about 2016 is getting back out there again,” Woods wrote. “I’ve missed it, and I would like to do it pain-free. I haven’t done that in what seems like a long time. I’ve had it in spurts the last few years and have done some pretty good things, but I’d like to have sustained health.” 

Woods, who turns 40 next week, reiterated that his goal is to be a playing assistant at the Ryder Cup but the experience promises to be “new, fun and special” either way.

“Where do I see myself in the next five to 10 years?” he wrote. “I am still playing golf at the highest level and winning tournaments and major championships.”