Tiger Woods reveals he 'waddles like a duck' since having fourth back operation but it did not stop him winning MastersApril 26, 2019
TIGER WOODS admits he tends to “waddle like a duck” since his fourth back operation.
But he is relishing the opportunity to swan around as a Major champion again, for the first time in 11 years.
Woods says the only legacy from the last time he underwent back surgery just over two years ago is a lack of flexibility.
He explained: “I'm stiff as hell, yes. I waddle like a duck at times, but it's not painful. Now, I don’t have any of that nerve pain I used to have.
“It's just achy – and I can deal with achiness.”
Woods, 43, wore the green jacket he won for a fifth time with his pulsating Masters victory when he popped into his Florida restaurant earlier this week.
And he believes now that he is finally back in the big time with an overdue 15th Major triumph, he can still chase down Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18.
He will move another step closer if he can repeat his 2002 US Open triumph at Bethpage in New York, when the USPGA Championship is staged there next month.
Woods told Golf TV: “I always thought it was possible, if I had everything go my way.
“It took Jack an entire career to get to 18, so now that I've had another extension to my career – one that I didn't think I had a couple of years ago – if I do things correctly and everything falls my way, yeah, it's a possibility.
I'm stiff as hell, yes. I waddle like a duck at times, but it's not painful.
"I'm never going to say it's not. Now I just need to have a lot of things go my way, and who's to say that it will or will not happen?
"That's what the future holds, I don't know. The only thing I can promise you is this: that I will be prepared.
“'I have another major in about a month. I can mentally prep for this. I haven't got to the point where I'm willing to put in the hours yet and do the dirty stuff to get the body ready, to put in all the hours of hitting golf balls and putting.
“I'm doing all the visual stuff, but I haven't put in the physical work yet. But it's probably coming this weekend."
And Woods admitted he is still trying to come to terms with the fact that he actually managed to win again at Augusta for the first time since 2005, with children Sam and Charlie waiting to celebrate with him.
He added: "Honestly, it's hard to believe. I was texting one of my good friends after their soccer practice, that I couldn't believe that I won the tournament. That it really hasn't sunk in.
“I haven't started doing anything. I've just been laying there. And every now and again, I'll look over there on the couch and there's the jacket.
“But I'm still the same with Sam and Charlie – they still give me a hard time, as they should. And the needle's fired right back at them.
"They never knew golf to be a good thing in my life and only the only thing they remember is that it brought this incredible amount of pain to their dad and they don't want to ever want to see their dad in pain.
“And so to now have them see this side of it, the side that I've experienced for so many years of my life, but I had a battle to get back to this point, it feels good."
Source: Read Full Article