Tiger Woods. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Tiger Woods. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Dubai — Tiger Woods has admitted the combined toll of multiple operations on his battered body means he does not think he "will ever feel great" again.

But the former world No1 said in an interview for Dubai magazine Vision that he hoped to be able to compete for titles and Majors in the future.

"I feel good, but not great," said Woods, 41. "Granted, I don’t think I’ll ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations."

The 14-time Major-winner returned from a 16-month injury lay-off in December and is at No 674 in the world rankings.

"I’m always going to be a little bit sore, it’s just the way it is.

"But as long as I can function and function at a good enough level then I’m fine with that," Woods said.

He made an ill-fated attempt to play in the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic last week, pulling out with back spasms after a birdie-free first-round 77 left him 13 shots off the lead. He had missed the cut a week earlier at his first US PGA tour event of the year at Torrey Pines.

He is entered for next week’s tournament at Riviera as he tries to recover form before the season’s first Major, the Masters in Augusta in April. "You know, I’ve done it [won] four times and I’d love to do it a fifth."


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