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Woods targets October return after surgery

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Tiger Woods

By Phil Casey

Tiger Woods has announced that he has undergone surgery on his left knee to repair cartilage damage.

Woods had the operation last week, shortly after he finished tied for 37th place in the final round of the BMW Championship in Medinah, Illinois, missing out on the season-ending TOUR Championship.

Dr Vern Cooley, who performed the surgery, said: "I expect Tiger to make a full recovery. We did what was needed and also examined the entire knee. There were no additional problems."

Woods said he plans to resume golfing activities shortly and will next play at the Zozo Championship in Narashino, Japan in late October.

"I would like to thank Dr Cooley and his team," Woods said. "I'm walking now and hope to resume practice in the next few weeks.

"I look forward to travelling and playing in Japan in October."

Woods ended the tournament in Medinah frustrated, but did not report any pain in his comments after the final round, instead saying he needed "to get a little bit stronger in certain body parts, activate different areas".

The 43-year-old, who has dealt with a myriad of injury issues over recent years, claimed his 15th career Major title - and first in 11 years - in April this year with victory in The Masters.

Woods is also due to play in his Hero World Challenge before making his debut as captain of the US Presidents Cup team in Melbourne.

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