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  • Woods uncertain when he'll return from surgery

  • Tiger Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn appeared at Woods' charity event, Tiger Jam, Saturday in Las Vegas. (Getty Images/Ethan Miller)Tiger Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn appeared at Woods' charity event, Tiger Jam, Saturday in Las Vegas. (Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

Tiger Woods has yet to hit a full shot since undergoing back surgery and is uncertain when he will return to competition, he said Monday on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive."

Woods has not played since shooting a final-round 78 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on March 9. He had microdiscectomy surgery March 31 to alleviate pain caused by a pinched nerve.

"(I'm) still rehabbing," Woods said. "It's not a lot of fun, I can tell you that. It's a lot of tedious exercises that I have to do. At least I still get to chip and putt, which is nice. That's progressing, I have my feel for that. I still haven't hit any full shots."

When asked when he would return to competition, Woods said, "It's not in my hands. It's in my doctors' and trainers'. I have to get permission from them before I come back. I still have to continue to progress. That's something that with this type of injury, it is slow, it is tedious. I just have to make sure I do it right."

Woods was in Bethesda, Md., on Monday for the media day for the Quicken Loans National, which will be held June 26-29 at Congressional Country Club. He said there was "no timetable" for his return, but it seemed doubtful that he would be ready to play the U.S. Open or the Quicken Loans.

"I'd love to play, but I just don't know," Woods said about the Quicken Loans National, which he won in 2009 and 2012. "There's no date, ... just focusing on trying to get stronger and come back."

Woods had trouble getting out of bed before surgery, but now the only pain comes from the incision.

"Getting out of bed was a task, and forget about playing golf at the highest level," Woods said. "I couldn't get out of bed. I was certainly doubtful at that point. ... But after I had the procedure, it was immediate relief."

Woods finished T3 (1999) and second (2005) in the previous two U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2. This year's U.S. Open will be held June 12-15 at the North Carolina resort.

In April, Woods missed the first Masters for which he was eligible. He had appeared at Augusta National every year since 1995, when he made his Masters debut as the reigning U.S. Amateur champion. He also was unable to defend his title at THE PLAYERS Championship earlier this month.

Woods fell to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday after Adam Scott ascended to the top spot for the first time in his career. Woods is No. 205 in the FedExCup and 58th in the U.S. Ryder Cup rankings. He has made just three PGA TOUR starts this season, with his T25 at the Cadillac his highest finish. He was T80 at the Farmers Insurance Open and withdrew from The Honda Classic because of his back injury.

Early commitments for the Quicken Loans National also were announced Monday. Defending champion Bill Haas, 2010 winner Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood and U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick were among the announced commitments.

Tiger Woods updates media on his return
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