Tiger Woods still doesn’t know when, or if, he will return to the PGA Tour.
In a wide-ranging post on his website blog on Friday, Woods addressed the state of his game, the state of his body and expressed concern and support for the those impacted by recent hurricanes and the Mexico earthquake.
“I’m feeling good, strong and doing really well,” he wrote. “About my most recent surgery, it’s nice not to live in pain anymore. I’m sleeping better because I don’t have any nerve pain going down my leg. It makes a world of difference.”
As to his ability to practice, Woods said: “I’m starting to hit the ball a little further — 60-yard shots. I have not taken a full swing since my back fusion surgery [in] April, but continue to chip and putt every day.”
Woods, the 14-time major champion who last played a tour event at San Diego at the end of January in one round in Dubai in early February, has consisently said he intends to return, but also cites caution.
“I have my six-month back X-rays coming up. Once my surgeon takes a look, he’ll give me the parameters of what I can do moving forward,” he said. “I’m working out six days a week, alternating between the treadmill, bike riding, swimming and lifting twice a day. My muscle tone is coming back, but I’m not in golf shape yet. That’s going to take time.
“Playing wise, I’m not looking ahead yet because I don’t know what kind of swing I’m going to use. I just don’t know what my body is going to allow me to do. Until I do, I’m going to listen to my doctors and continue to take it slowly.”
Woods will be an assistant captain to Steve Stricker next week as the Americans take on the Internationals in the Presidents Cup at Liberty National in Jersey City.