Tiger Woods is back — on the driving range, at least.
“Tiger is making continual progress,” his agent Mark Steinberg said via text message to PGATour.com Tuesday. “He feels better each day and [is able to] extend his swing as he moves forward.”
Woods, recovering from microdiscectomy surgery on his back to relieve a pinched nerve, has until Friday at 5 p.m. to officially enter the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. Woods hosts the event and it is still unclear if he plans to play in that event or the Open Championship.
He has made three PGA Tour starts this season (plus one at Dubai) and last played in March at the World Golf Championships. He was the No. 1-ranked golfer before missing the first two majors on the tour for the first time in his career.
Woods did not outline an anticipated timeframe for his return when he announced on April 1 via his own web site that the back problems he experienced since last August would require surgery.
The 38-year-old withdrew from the Honda Classic with five holes to play because his back locked up. When he didn’t recover in time to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational — where Woods is an eight-time winner — Woods opted for surgery.