April 24, 2014
- Tiger Woods has resumed putting and chipping as he attempts to return from back surgery. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods is doing "light" chipping and putting as he recovers from back surgery, his agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN.com. Steinberg said there have been "zero" setbacks since the procedure on March 31.
Woods, 38, had a microdiscectomy to alleviate a pinched nerve. He missed the Masters for the first time since 1994. Steinberg said Woods hopes to return this summer.
"He's doing a little bit more and more each day," Steinberg told ESPN.com. "He's getting to the point of light chipping and putting and the doctors and trainers seem to be pleased with where he is. He is on schedule but we don't know what that schedule means. I don't know when he intends to be playing competitively.
"But I expect it to be this summer. I know that's a wide range, but as the weeks go by we'll be able to pinpoint an approximate time. It's still a little early for that. Nothing that has gone on from the day of the surgery until today gives me any pause to amend what I said then. I know that's broad and vague but we can't pinpoint a specific time until we're further along."
Woods hasn't played since the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on March 9. Woods also missed his title defense at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
"The level of discomfort he was in prior to having this was incredibly high," Steinberg told ESPN.com. "That pain went away close to right after the surgery. The pain was mostly from the surgery itself. But the pain he was in and causing him to force the surgery is gone.
"I've seen a very responsible approach to getting back. This is about the next 10 or 15 years, this is not about the next 10 weeks. This is not about targeting any specific tournament. If he needs to wait one or two or three extra weeks he will. He's thinking about this very, very long term."