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Woods making steady progress but no date in mind for return

Tiger Woods has given another positive update on his fitness but admits he is "not in golf shape yet" and has no date in mind for a return to competitive action.

Woods has not played since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of February and is currently recovering from a fourth back operation in the last three years.

The former world No 1 said last month he had been cleared to resume short-game practice and revealed he has been making progress via a blog on his website on Friday.

"As I wrote earlier this summer, I had a few matters to work on with my doctors and I did that," wrote the 14-time major winner, who will be an assistant captain for the United States in next week's Presidents Cup.

"About my most recent surgery, it's nice not to live in pain any more. I'm sleeping better because I don't have any nerve pain going down my leg. It makes a world of difference.

"I'm starting to hit the ball a little further – 60-yard shots. I have not taken a full swing since my back fusion surgery last April, but continue to chip and putt every day.

"The latter is paying off. 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.

"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.

"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.


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