Friday 15 December 2017

Tiger 'expects to return in summer'

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

World No 1 Tiger Woods hopes to return to competition this summer but is more concerned about ensuring his long-term fitness, according to his agent.

The 38-year-old American has not played since March and has since had surgery on a pinched nerve in his back.

"I don't know when he will be playing but I expect it to be this summer," his representative Mark Steinberg said.

"This is about the next 10 or 15 years, this is not about the next 10 weeks."

Woods, who won the most recent of his 14 Majors at the 2008 US Open, is highly unlikely to be fit for this year's event at Pinehurst on June 12.

The third Major of the season is the Open Championship, which begins on July 17 at Hoylake, where he captured the last of his three Claret Jugs in 2006.

"As the weeks go by we'll be able to pinpoint an approximate time," Steinberg said of Woods' recovery process.

"It's still a little early for that. He's doing a little bit more and more each day but 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."

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