Tiger Woods is hopeful his most recent operation will put his pain behind him for good.

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The golf superstar announced on his website Thursday he recently underwent a successful surgery on his back to ease the ongoing pain in his back and leg.

"The surgery went well, and I'm optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain," Woods said in a statement. "When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.

"I would like to thank all the fans for staying in touch and their kind wishes. The support I have received has never waned, and it really helps."

The procedure, performed by Dr. Richard Guyer at the Texas Back Institute, is Woods' fourth surgery. He is expected to rest for several weeks before beginning therapy and hopes to return to action in about six months.

"After he recovers from surgery, he will gradually begin his rehabilitation until he is completely healed," Guyer said. "Once that's accomplished, his workouts will be geared to allowing him to return to competitive golf."

Woods, 41, was forced to pull out of the Masters just weeks before the tournament began due to lingering soreness in his back. He hasn't played since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February.

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