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Woods: Back surgery tougher than other injuries

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AKRON, Ohio – Tiger Woods has dealt with plenty of injuries over the years. None of them, he maintains, has been more difficult to rehabilitate than his recent back injury.

“There's no comparison between a knee and a back,” he said Wednesday in advance of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “The knee is so much easier to deal with and rehab from than coming back from a back (surgery). I've had Achilles injuries, obviously knee surgeries, but this thing is just way different. It's way more debilitating than I thought.”

Woods underwent microdiscectomy surgery on his back on March 31, and returned three months later at the Quicken Loans National.

“The people that I've talked to that have had the same procedure, how long it takes them to come back. And most of the people I talked to who have had the procedure have no idea how I'm even back here playing,” Woods said. “They just can't understand that.

“Again, when you have great protocols and you do everything perfectly, everything fell into place. I was able to get back. But now it's just continuing, and I still need to get much stronger than I am now, and I still need to get much more explosive than I am now. That's just time.”