Tiger Woods doesn’t expect to make any sort of return to competitive golf until the middle of the season at the earliest. The 41-year-old Woods told ESPN that the four-month hiatus since his last tournament isn’t nearly enough time to condition physically. “I don’t know when that is going to happen,” Woods said of competing in any tournament this year. “I have to get my game to a level where I know I can compete.”
Woods hasn’t played competitive golf since he tied for fourth place at the Hero World Challenge in December. Since then, he’s continued to focus on his recovery off the course. Woods is currently working with coaches Chris Como and Matt Nokes, and was last seen hobbling across a course at the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix in Austin. He told ESPN he is “well” but that “the rehab process [is] not a perfect science.”
A debilitating back injury forced Woods to sit out nearly eight months in 2016. Woods missed five of the past six majors as a result, prompting people to wonder if the star golfer might retire. Despite his recent physical setback, Woods, who is ranked 70th in the world, says he plans to keep playing. “I’m going to play golf,” he told ESPN. “I’m going to play this year. I’m going to be playing. I don’t know if it’s going to be regular rounds or tournaments.”
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