Tiger Woods says 'no setbacks' during knee rehab

Woods recently appeared in New York City for the release of his new video game.
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The rehab program for Tiger Woods's surgically repaired left knee is proceeding well, Woods told fans in his tigerwoods.com newsletter.

"The knee is progressing." Woods said. "I'm working hard every day and there have been no setbacks. I've actually started to do a little chipping and putting, but no full swings. That's not going to happen until early next year."

Woods, who said this month he plans to return for next year's Masters Tournament in April if his knee allows, has not played since he had ACL surgery following his dramatic U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines in June. He was off his feet for much of the summer, but now is able to walk without pain, and he has resumed many of his endorsement appearances, as well as fundraising for the Tiger Woods Foundation, which helps young people through scholarship and character-development programs.

In his newsletter, Woods updated fans on his recent whereabouts, including his course-design project in Mexico, his Block Party fundraiser in Anaheim, Calif., and the Buick outing which brought him back to Torrey Pines, as a caddie.

"It was the first time I returned since I won the U.S. Open last June," Woods said. "While it was great to be back, it was a little harder to reminisce than I thought. I was shocked to see what the course looked like without grandstands. I hadn't seen it like that since junior golf."

Woods also thanked a number of fellow athletes and celebrities who've helped him out at recent events while he's still unable to play golf. Fred Couples and Chris Riley joined him at a clinic for the Block Party (while chef Mario Batali grilled the steaks), and Anthony Kim and John Cook pitched in at a Nike outing. As for Derek Jeter beating him at video games, that's clearly still eating at him.

"During the filming of the TV commercial, we played a new EA boxing game Facebreakers," Woods said. "I beat [Jeter] the first time; he got me the second. The crew had plenty of video and pictures, but we weren't leaving. You can't have a tie! He won the last game and gave me a hard time, but that's OK. I would have done the same."

Read Tiger Woods' complete newsletter at tigerwoods.com.

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