Woods Says He Doesn’t Know When He’ll Return to Golf

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer Tiger Woods tees off on the eighth hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships at Blue Monster, Trump National Doral, in Doral, Florida, on March 9, 2014. Photographer: Stan Badz/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Tiger Woods’s playing schedule remains unknown as the world’s No. 1 golfer recovers from back surgery with the U.S. Open five weeks away.

“I really don’t know,’” Woods, 38, said on his website. “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. I hope to be back sometime this summer, but I just don’t know when.”

Woods, who is four wins shy of matching Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major titles and three away from tying Sam Snead’s 82 U.S. PGA Tour victories, said he has resumed walking, riding an exercise bike and started swimming last week.

While he has been practicing putting and chipping, he hasn’t been able to take full swings with his clubs and said he doesn’t know how his back will react when he does.

“Once I begin swinging a club again, I’m not sure if I will have to make any changes to protect my back,” he said. “We have to make sure my back heals fine and I have the strength and mobility going forward.”

The U.S. Open, golf’s second major tournament of the year, is scheduled for June 12-15 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Woods’s most recent major title came at the 2008 U.S. Open in Torrey Pines, California.

(Corrects Woods’s record in third paragraph of story that moved on May 5.)
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