Tiger Woods making steady progress following back surgery

Tiger Woods has given an upbeat bulletin on his fitness as he continues his recovery from his latest back operation.

The former world No 1 revealed he is making good progress after undergoing surgery in April, although he is yet to set a date for his return to competitive action.

Woods has not played since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in early February, but has been cleared to resume short-game practice.

“As I wrote earlier this summer, I had a few matters to work on with my doctors and I did that,” wrote Woods in a blog on his website.

“I’m feeling good, strong and doing really well. About my most recent surgery, it’s nice not to live in pain any more. I’m sleeping better because I don’t have any nerve pain going down my leg. It makes a world of difference.

“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 last April, but continue to chip and putt every day.

“The latter is paying off. Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler have been dropping by my house for putting contests. Justin also comes over to practice his chipping. It was fun to celebrate his PGA Championship win with him and Rickie, and we had a blast.”

The 41-year-old will be an assistant captain for the United States in next week’s Presidents Cup, but will take medical advice before pencilling a playing-return date.

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“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,” added Woods.

“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.”