Tiger Woods's back operation in March robbed the former world number one of a quarter of the golf season but at least it has given him a fresh outlook on his career.
The 14-time major champion will be making his second competitive appearance in four months at this week's British Open and Woods is just happy to be back at the venue of his memorable 2006 victory at Royal Liverpool.
"With this particular injury with my back I didn't want to do anything," Woods told reporters on Tuesday. "I couldn't get out of bed and I couldn't move around the house.
"That made me appreciate just how fortunate I was to be able to play at that high level for the better part of 17 years. It made me appreciate that a lot more."
Woods famously won the 2008 US Open, the most recent of his major triumphs, virtually on one leg due to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) problems that eventually led to surgery. He missed the cut on his comeback at the Quicken Loans National event in Maryland last month but he is delighted just to be pain-free these days.
"The people who have had my surgery, they've all said the same thing. It changes your whole life, it just takes away all the pain," said the world number seven.
"Yeah, you're sore from the incision but you don't have that radiating pain that goes down the leg. Once that was removed, even though I was hurting from the surgery, I knew I could come back and play."