Tiger Woods at the 2014 Honda Classic. Woods has not played golf since he had surgery on March 31 to repair a pinched nerve in his back (David Walberg/SI).
In a lengthy progress report posted on his blog on TigerWoods.com
As I've said several times, I hope to be back sometime this summer, but I just don't know when. There are a lot of big tournaments coming up, and one that's personally important to me is the Quicken Loans National. I really appreciate Quicken Loans becoming the title sponsor of my event. It means a lot to me and my foundation. Whether I'm able to play or not, I'm going to be there to support it. After Quicken, there's Greenbrier and The Open Championship, and of the course the U.S. Open is about six weeks away. You can understand why I want to hurry up and get better. I'd also like to play in the FedExCup Playoffs and the Ryder Cup. But obviously, I'm going to have to play really well to earn points to get into the playoffs and play my way onto to the team or have to rely on a captain's pick.
As for my return to golf, I really don't know. I'm doing everything I can and listening to my doctors and working on a strength program, and then we just have to see how my back is. Some people heal up in three months, some people take four months, some people take longer. I just don't know.
Once I begin swinging a club again, I'm not sure if I will have to make any changes to protect my back; that's up to Sean Foley and me on what we do.
Missing my first Masters was tough. I actually watched quite a bit of it because Freddie [Couples] was in contention. As soon as his name went up on the leaderboard, I started watching what he was doing. Once he got off to that bad start Sunday, it wasn't as much fun ... It helps when I'm physically unable to play the game. That's when it's easy for me, and I don't have a problem watching.For more news that golfers everywhere are talking about, follow @si_golf on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel.