Woods wasn’t sure if he’d ever play golf again

Never mind about returning to golf and chasing his number one world ranking…Tiger Woods now admits he wasn’t certain he’d even play golf again.

And although the 14-time major winner is still to set a date for his return to the tour following back surgery, the break from the game has certainly re-ignited Woods’ passion for golf.

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“Obviously, I want to play now,” Woods said last week. “[But] it’s not going to be up to me whether I play or not, it’s going to be up to my docs. I’m getting pretty damn good at video games.”

Woods, 38, said he was no different to any athlete – he wanted to leave the game on his own terms, when he was ready to go.

“Ultimately I want to continue playing at an elite level as long as I deem I want to do it,” said the former world No. 1. “For some guys it’s in their 60s and 70s, and for other guys it’s in their 40s and 50s.

“Prior to the surgery, I didn’t think I would have much of a playing career if I felt like this. Now that I’ve had the procedure, I’m excited about what the prospects hold. And if I’m able to feel this way, I’m excited about my career too.”

“I’m able to do what I want to do for as long as I want to.”

Woods said his back injury had become so debilitating prior to the surgery that his career appeared to be in serious doubt.

“Forget about playing at the highest level, I couldn’t get out of bed,” he said. “I was certainly doubtful at that point.

“What’s it going to feel like? Am I going to be pain free? Am I going to be able to actually do this again? Where I can to get out of bed and go out there and play with my kids and play golf?”

“All those things were up in the air.”

Woods said all those doubts about a return to the game were happily erased following his micro discectomy surgery on March 31.