Tiger woods He indicated in an interview with CBS’s Jim Nantz on Sunday that he did not do much in the wake of his fifth back surgery in December and that he would not guarantee that he would be a part of his final round of Masters in seven weeks.
“I have to get there first,” said Woods, 45, who was at the Riviera Country Club as host of the Genesis Invitational.
“I looked at my racket,” he sarcastically said, without giving a timetable for his return in the coming weeks.
He said, “I don’t know what the plan is.” “The plan now is to move beyond tomorrow and start moving forward.”
Woods had a microdisectomy on December 23, a procedure to relieve nerve pain in his lower back. He had the same procedure three previous times, once in 2014 and twice in 2015. Then he underwent a more serious spinal fusion in April 2017, from which he came back less than a year later.
Woods has won three times since then to run his PGA Tour total to 82, and draw Sam Snead. He also won his 15th major title when he was awarded the 2019 Masters.
But Woods scored nothing last year, scoring only 10th place, a ninth draw at the Farmers Insurance Open in January 2020.
He missed the cut at the US Open and tied for 38th at the Masters, his last official event.
He performed his last action three days after competing with his son Charlie in the PNC Championship in December.
“I’m fine, a little stiff,” said Woods. “I have another MRI appointment, and then I can start doing more activities. I’m still in the gym doing rehab activities before gravitating toward more.”
Woods was not committed to playing a pre-Masters tournament, and when asked specifically about this year’s first major tournament, he said, “Oh my God, I hope so. But I have to get there first. I don’t have a lot of wiggle room left. Only one showed up.”
Recovering from the procedure, which is believed to be a higher level on the spine than where its previous operations occurred, was expected to take two and a half to three months. He was said to be hitting balls after a few weeks, but Woods’ words indicated he hadn’t done the heavy workouts needed to get back on track.
Among the places he is likely to return is the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks followed by the Players’ Championship and Honda Classic. After Honda is the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, a tournament for which it would qualify if it remained at number 64 out of the 64th best in the world. It dropped to 51 on Sunday.
The match playing event is two weeks before the Masters.