Tiger returns from another round of knee surgery

It’s almost commonplace these days to mention that former long-running world No 1 Tiger Woods has had knee surgery…because he just has again.

The 43-year-old is back practising and even lifting some weights following his fifth, that’s right, fifth knee surgery and as recently as last week received clearance to get back onto the golf course.

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Seems like this round of surgery was about as routine as surgery can be for Woods.

Apparently the surgery on his left knee was to repair some minor cartilage damage.

Woods explained last week that not only was he back playing golf he was now gearing up to contest some big events in the weeks ahead, starting with the Zozo Championship in Japan as well as the much-publicised Skins game with Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama at the end of October.

Woods told Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan that he had played nine holes after being given a clearance to play.

“It’s sore, yeah, it’s sore,” he said.

“But now I can start lifting and getting my muscle back and getting my weight up and doing all that stuff again.”

Australian golf fans will be relieved to hear that Woods is on his way back to full fitness.

He’ll be heading for Australia in December to captain the US team against the Internationals in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.

Tiger was also in the mix to actually play as one of the ‘wildcard’ selections, but it seems his enforced break from the game for the minor surgery would effectively put the ‘kibosh’ on that plan.

Woods had a chequered year but capped it off with a stunning win in the first major of the year, the US Masters.

Aside from that he had four top 10-finishes worldwide and didn’t really get into the mix at the three other majors.