Golf: Tiger says ‘I haven’t felt this good in years’

Woods was back to a level he described as a low point in late 2015 when he struggled to get out of bed and play with his children.“I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope,” Woods said Wednesday. “The process leading up to my decision to have surgery was exhaustive. I consulted with a specialist, and after weighing my options, that’s when I decided to go to Texas to have surgery.”– ‘I can have a life again’ –Woods said “fusion” was a scary word but cited other players who had disc fusions or replacements.“They have all come back and played, but more than anything, it made their lives better,” Woods said. “That’s the most important thing — that I can have a life again with my kids.”Returning to a swing motion is something Woods will not do until August at the earliest.“Presently, I’m not looking ahead,” Woods said. “I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.“There’s a long way to go, but as I said, words cannot convey how good it feels to be pain-free.” Share on: WhatsApp Tiger WoodsMiami, United States | AFP |  Former world number one Tiger Woods said Wednesday he is feeling better than he has for years and the 14-time major winner remains committed to playing pro golf again.In a blog posting through his Twitter feed, Woods spoke for the first time about his April 20 fusion surgery, his fourth back operation since 2010 and one that cut short his 2017 campaign.“It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back and it is hard to express how much better I feel,” Woods said. “It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years.”Woods, who last won a major title at the 2008 US Open with a broken leg, missed all four majors in 2016 and skipped last month’s Masters as well, saying he was not tournament ready.“I did everything I could to play at Augusta and was ready to go,” Woods said. “Unfortunately, it was kind of like the 2008 US Open. The pain was post-impact when I swung the club. I figured, ‘Can I handle it?’ This time the answer was, ‘probably not.’ That shows the effect nerve pain can have.“Obviously, it was a huge disappointment not to play. I hate to miss any major, especially the Masters, but the reality is I just couldn’t play.”The 41-year-old former world number one, whose epic shotmaking stretched the sport’s exposure for much of the past 20 years, has won 79 career PGA titles, three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, and remains second on the all-time major win list, four shy of the 18 won by Jack Nicklaus.“As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive,” Woods said. “My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful.“It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse. I’m walking and doing my exercises and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry.“But I want to say unequivocally I want to play professional golf again.”Woods ended a 15-month layoff for back surgery last December at his Hero World Challenge charity event in the Bahamas, but he missed the cut at Torrey Pines in a PGA event last January and withdrew from a European Tour event in Dubai in February, saying in April he needed the latest operation to ease back and leg pain.“I could no longer live with the pain I had,” Woods said. “We tried every possible non-surgical route and nothing worked. I had good days and bad days, but the pain was usually there, and I couldn’t do much. Even lying down hurt.” read more

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Real Madrid lose in troubled Catalonia

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp – Girona dreaming –Girona continued to dominate the game and hit the woodwork again before half-time when Portu’s flicked header looped over Kiko Casilla and back off the inside of the post.Real suffered an injury blow days before they travel to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday as Raphael Varane was replaced by Nacho at half-time due to a muscular problem.And the French international’s presence at the heart of the Madrid defence was badly missed as Stuani jinked past Nacho to fire Girona deservedly level nine minutes into the second-half.Just four minutes later, Girona were in dreamland as Maffeo’s driven cross was flicked home by Portu and the goal was allowed to stand despite the striker appearing to be in an offside position.“We aren’t popping the cava. We’re mature and we knew we had a chance to beat a great side,” added Machin.“Before kick-off it seemed improbable, but we grew throughout the game, the players believed and we did it. We want to continue to be in this league for many more years to come.”Rather than mount a late comeback as they did so often on route to a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years last season, Madrid looked short of energy and ideas in the final half hour as Girona held out for a famous victory.“We can’t make excuses,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro told BeIN Sports Spain.“We have to keep our heads because it is a difficult moment.“We still have a chance but we need to play better and work harder. Madrid are always obliged to win.” Girona, Spain | AFP |  Real Madrid suffered a backlash on the field rather than from an expected hostile atmosphere amid political turmoil in Catalonia as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday.Goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu in four second-half minutes cancelled out Isco’s opener for Madrid as Real fell eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after just 10 games.Madrid were making their first appearance in the deeply divided region since a violence marred October 1 referendum plunged Spain into political crisis.As a reported one million people joined a rally in Barcelona in favour of Spanish unity on Sunday, just over 100 kilometres away in the pro-independence heartland of Girona, the visitors were expected to receive a hostile reception.“Girona FC’s victory against one of the greatest teams in the world is an example and a benchmark for many situations,” Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who was deposed by the Spanish government as president of the regional parliament on Friday, posted on Twitter.However, it was events on the field that proved far more troublesome for Zinedine Zidane’s men as they lost more ground on rivals Barca in the Liga title race.“We know we can turn this around. We will have better days and our rivals will lose points over the course of the season,” insisted Zidane.“There is nothing more we can do, and we know that sooner or later things will turn. There is a long way to go and I am not worried.”Chants in favour of independence and “freedom” reverberated around the 13,500 capacity Montlivi in the 17th minute as is common at Girona and Barcelona home matches to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.However, with plenty of Madrid fans present, there were also plenty of Spanish flags on show.“Everyone who knows Girona, knew nothing would happen,” said Girona coach Pablo Machin.“The fans were sensible. They want it (the political situation) to be over. They enjoyed two brilliant hours of football.”In their first ever match against the European champions, Girona looked keen to make a mark from the outset and were desperately unlucky not to go in front when Pablo Maffeo’s cross came back off the inside of the post 12 minutes in.Seconds later, though, the ball was in the Girona net as Madrid broke immediately upfield and Isco tapped home the rebound after Bono parried Cristiano Ronaldo’s initial effort.last_img read more

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2014 Two County Ride Marks Highest Attendance in Four Years

first_imgFacebook28Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Capital Bicycling ClubCapital Bicycling Club’s flagship event ride hosted 150% as many riders in 2014 as in 2013.371 riders from across Washington and British Columbia converged on Tumwater City Hall on Sunday, June 22 to participate in the 32nd annual Two County Double Metric hosted by the Capital Bicycling Club. When asked their impression of the ride, most riders repeated one word. Wonderful. Wonderful weather, wonderful ride, and especially wonderful volunteers.Cyclists highly praised the volunteer crew along the route. 56 individuals, including three kids, made the event a success. Volunteers welcomed and registered riders, served fresh fruit, sandwiches and burritos at rest stops, drove the course to provide SAG support, and offered mechanical repairs throughout the race. Several volunteers did double duty, working before, during, and after the event, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.According to CBC president Bill Stevenson, “This was a perfect day for cycling in western Washington. Everyone I’ve spoken with had a great time, and loved the beautiful, rarely cycled roads. Riders really liked the fresh food served at rest stops. Kudos to ride organizer Anita O. For another great job in what she swears is her last year in the role.”Past president Blaine Wheeler said, “It was wonderful the weather cooperated. In my experience, Lewis and Thurston County have some of the nicest bicycling roads in Western Washington. The roads are wide and well-maintained. The little traffic there is, drivers are polite. And it’s really scenic. Thanks to all the organizers’ and volunteers’ work, everyone had a good ride.”The CBC’s second event ride this year, Ride the South Sound, is being replaced with a smaller-scale fundraising ride. Visit the club website for more information in August. The club is planning to offer more activities for the 2015 Two County ride and is seeking a new event coordinator from its membership rolls.The nonprofit Capital Bicycling Club has been a mainstay of the cycling community in the South Puget Sound region for over thirty years. A 100% volunteer-run organization, we support all aspects of cycling, from recreational to commuting. CBC advocates real change in our community to benefit cyclists of all types.In addition to weekly cycling activities year-round, the club hosts at least one major event ride per year and supports the annual Intercity Transit Bicycle Commuter Contest, the Thurston County Bicycle Map, and more. Rider registration fees for CBC events help support these and other activities, including Washington Bikes, the International Mountain Bike Association, League of American Bicyclists and the Thurston County Food Bank.last_img read more

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