Tiger Woods is back…hitting full shots. This is the latest news coming from Tim Rosaforte of the Golf Channel. Woods underwent back surgery on March 31st, and has been limited to chipping and putting until this past weekend. Can you say comeback time?!
It was hard to watch Tiger’s Saturday debacle at the Farmers, and his withdraw from the Honda Classic. Then came the Sunday 78 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and it was obvious Tiger needed to shut it down, and get his pinched nerve fixed.
The recovery from back surgery (aka: microdiscectomy) seems to be going well, and the reports of the full swing have been semi-confirmed by Tiger’s agent, Mark Steinberg, who recently communicated with ESPN.com:
There is no word yet on how much time Tiger is able to put into his swing, or when he will return. If he is healthy enough for a return, he will need to put in several hours of work a day to have a realistic chance at contending in the season’s final two majors.
The Open Championship is at Royal Liverpool (July 17-20), and the PGA Championship is at Valhalla (August 7-10). Tiger won the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in 2006, and he won the PGA at Valhalla in 2000.
Before Tiger’s back started giving him trouble, he was trending towards major number 15. He earned Player of the Year honors in 2013, he contended at the majors the last couple seasons, and the 2014 venues perfectly fit his eye. I’m hopeful for Tiger’s return to the links, because he will have the opportunity to do something special once again.
Here is the video of Tim Rosaforte breaking the news on Tiger hitting full shots, courtesy of GolfChannel.com:
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)