Planet Golf — 05 May 2014 by GW staff and news services
Tiger still unsure of his return

Tiger Woods released a lengthy blog post to his website Monday and provided updates on his back surgery, the Masters and thoughts regarding his golf swing when he does ultimately return to competition.

“My recovery from microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in my back is coming along, but it’s a very slow process,” Woods wrote. “I’m still sore. Not from the procedure itself but the inclusion. I just need to get back to my day-to-day activities, and that’s it.”

Woods noted that he hasn’t yet swung a sand wedge, he’s only done light putting a chipping.

“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. “Basically, you just follow a program. It’s tedious because it’s little rehab stuff, but you still have to do it.”

Speculation on Woods’ return is simply that. Even he doesn’t have a timeline.

“As for my return to golf, I really don’t know,” Woods said. “Some people heal up in three months, some people take four months, some people take longer. I just don’t know.”

Once Woods returns, many have wondered aloud if he would need to change his swing to alleviate pressure on his back. Woods will work on a plan with swing coach Sean Foley.

“That’s up to Sean Foley and me on what we do,” he said. “As far as limitations, it’s a building process, just like when I came back from my knee and Achilles injuries.

“We have to make sure my back heals fine and I have the strength and mobility going forward.”

Aside from the back, Woods said that missing his first Masters since 1994 was difficult. He watched quite a bit of the action, especially since his good friend Fred Couples was in contention.

“As soon as his name went up on the leaderboard, I started watching what he was doing,” Woods said. “Once he got off to a bad start Sunday, it wasn’t as much fun.

“I was happy for Bubba Watson and want to congratulate him on winning his second green jacket. The golf course sets up great for a long fader who is left-handed.”

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