Rehabbing Woods still unsure about return date

Mon May 19, 2014 1:15pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tiger Woods is still no clearer on knowing when he will be ready to return to competitive golf after undergoing back surgery.

Speaking on the Golf Channel on the same day that he lost the world number one ranking to Australia's Adam Scott, Woods said he was still in the early stages of recovery.

"Still rehabbing. And it’s not a lot of fun, I’ll tell you that," he said on Monday.

"It’s a lot of tedious little exercises that I have to do. At least I still get to chip and putt which is nice, and that’s progressing.

"I’ve got my feel for that which is nice. But, still haven’t hit any full shots, it’s still a little bit too soon.”

Woods withdrew from the Masters in April to undergo treatment for a pinched nerve in his back that has troubled him for months.

With no timetable set for his return, the 14-time major winner is now almost certain to miss next month's U.S. Open in North Carolina and possibly the British Open in July.

"It’s not really in my hands. I don’t know," he said.

"I’ve got to get permission from them (doctors) before I can come back. Basically still have to continue to progress.   Continued...

Mar 9, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Tiger Woods tees off from the 4th hole during the final round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports