Tiger Woods updated his return from injury and discussed the upcoming Presidents Cup in a blog post this morning.
The 41-year-old addressed his recovery from an April back surgery (his fourth).
“About my most recent surgery, it’s nice not to live in pain anymore. I’m sleeping better because I don’t have any nerve pain going down my leg. It makes a world of difference.”
While he’s only moved on to hitting “60-yard shots” at this point, he is having putting contests with Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler at his Florida home.
“Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler have been dropping by my house for putting contests. Justin also comes over to practice his chipping. It was fun to celebrate his PGA Championship win with him and Rickie, and we had a blast.”
So Justin is coming over to both chip and putt? Brown noser! But really, it’s good to hear Woods is at least able to “chip and putt every day,” as he writes.
He has also resumed a six-day-per-week workout schedule.
“I’m working out six days a week, alternating between the treadmill, bike riding, swimming and lifting twice a day. My muscle tone is coming back, but I’m not in golf shape yet. That’s going to take time.”
All of this said, and as would be expected, Woods has no timetable for his return to competitive golf.
“I have my six-month back X-rays coming up. Once my surgeon takes a look, he’ll give me the parameters of what I can do moving forward. … Playing wise, I’m not looking ahead yet because I don’t know what kind of swing I’m going to use. I just don’t know what my body is going to allow me to do. Until I do, I’m going to listen to my doctors and continue to take it slowly.”
Woods then goes on to talk at length about how he’s “fired up” for next week’s Presidents Cup, where he will be an assistant captain.
In what has to be one of his longest blog posts to date, Woods addresses everything from the U.S. Open (tennis) to his beloved Raiders 2-0 start, before conceding that, “The last two years have been challenging and I have gone through a great deal. But you have always been there for me and I can’t thank you enough.”
We’ll next see Woods on a golf course (as an assistant captain) at the Presidents Cup at Liberty National next week.