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Tiger talks of coming from the woods

 Tiger Woods hits a shot at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia during a practice round for the 2015 Masters tournament, in April. PHOTO/AFP

Tiger Woods hits a shot at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia during a practice round for the 2015 Masters tournament, in April. PHOTO/AFP

MIAMI, December 25- Tiger Woods, the 14-time major champion sidelined by back surgery, says he expects more major titles and top-level golf despite having no timetable for returning to the sport.

Woods, who turns 40 next week, posted pictures Thursday on Twitter and Instagram of his new dog “Bugs” with two other dogs and his two children, Sam Alexis and Charlie.

Earlier this week, Woods said on his website that despite being idled by the latest in a series of injury setbacks, he sees himself back at the top level as he moves through his 40s.

“Where do I see myself in the next five to 10 years? I am still playing golf at the highest level and winning tournaments and major championships,” Woods said.

Woods says his feelings change about turning 40.

“Mentally, people who know me know I’m like a five-year-old. Physically, sometimes I feel old and sometimes I feel like a teenager,” Woods said. “I don’t like the polar opposites of the two. I’d like to be somewhere in the middle where I feel 40.”

Woods called 2015 “a roller-coaster ride the entire year, from being down to some pretty darn good highs” but anticipated he would return to PGA Tour play next year.

“The thing I’m looking forward to the most about 2016 is getting back out there again,” Woods said.

“I’ve missed it, and I would like to do it pain-free. I haven’t done that in what seems like a long time. I’ve had it in spurts the last few years and have done some pretty good things, but I’d like to have sustained health.”

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Woods has signed up to be an assistant to US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love but said he still hopes to play his way into a spot on the team.

“I’m excited about being named a vice-captain,” Woods said. “It will be new, fun and special.”

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