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In this Oct. 6, 2013 file photo, United States team player Tiger Woods, right, smiles with girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn, after the U.S. team won the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Vonn is working her way back from a second right knee operation that kept her from skiing at the Sochi Olympics. Woods is recovering from surgery to relieve pain from a pinched nerve in his back that caused him to miss the Masters. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Tiger Woods says his back injury was so debilitating that it caused him to doubt whether he would play golf again.

Woods said Monday that the surgery he had March 31 erased those doubts, although he still has no timetable for his return.

Woods said before the surgery he had trouble just getting out of bed.

Said Woods: “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’m able to get out of bed, play with my kids and play golf?”

Speaking at the media day for the Quicken Loans National, Woods says he’s now excited about playing again, although he’s still restricted to chipping and putting.

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