Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States (4E Sports) – World No. 1 Tiger Woods remains unsure when he will return to competitive action, calling his recovery from back surgery a “slow process”.
“I really don’t know. I’m doing everything I can and listening to my doctors and working on a strength program, and then we just have to see how my back is. Some people heal up in three months, some people take longer. I just don’t know,” Woods wrote in an extensive blog post on his website.
Woods expressed regret at having to miss the defense of his Players Championship title this week at TPC Sawgrass but relief over having microdiscectomy surgery on March 31.
“I made the decision to have surgery because physically I just couldn’t make a golf swing,” Woods said. “That pretty much sums it up.”
Woods said he hasn’t used a sand wedge but he has done some putting and chip-and-runs using the same length of motion.
“I haven’t really rotated yet. As far as taking a full swing, I have conference calls with my doctors every couple of weeks to see how my progress is and just kind of chart it out from there,” he said.
Woods has played in just four tournaments this year, experiencing back issues at the Honda Classic in March, where he withdrew during the final round.
He attempted to play the next week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and shot a final-round 78 to finish 25th. His back issues were again apparent, and two weeks later he decided not to defend his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
He then withdrew a week before the Masters, citing the back surgery.