Eleven weeks after undergoing microdiscectomy surgery on his back, PGATOUR.COM has confirmed that Tiger Woods is back to hitting full shots.
The former world No. 1 missed each of the year’s first two majors and hasn’t played since the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in early March.
Next week he is scheduled to host the Quicken Loans National at Congressional, though it’s still unclear whether or not he will play.
“Tiger is making continual progress,” his agent Mark Steinberg said via text message Tuesday. “He feels better each day and (is able to) extend his swing as he moves forward.”
That Woods is hitting full shots, however, is a good sign that he will return soon. It’s also the first year for Quicken Loans as the title sponsor and Woods’ foundation benefits from the event.
The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. ET Friday.
Woods, 38, had been bothered by a bad back since last August and earlier this year spasms forced him to withdraw from The Honda Classic with just five holes to play in the final round. The following week he was able to finish the tournament at Trump Doral but shot the highest final-round score (78) of his career.
Two weeks later he withdrew prior to the start of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, a tournament he has won eight times, and on April 1 announced that he had undergone a procedure to repair a pinched nerve in his ailing back.
Woods has made just three starts on the PGA Tour this season, making it to the end of Sunday just once. He failed to make the 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines and tied for 25th at the Cadillac Championship. He also finished 41st in Dubai in his only other start this year.