Woods eyes off summer return to golf

There’ll be no rush to get back to the US Tour for Tiger Woods following his back surgery in late March.

That might be the bad news, but the good news is the world’s No.1 player has already progressed to some “light” chipping and putting.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)

And according to Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg there have been “zero” setbacks and no complications since Tiger’s surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve on March 31.

And while his manager refused to put an exact date on his return, Steinberg said Woods was hoping to return “sometime this summer”.

“He’s doing a little bit more and more each day,” Steinberg told ESPN.com.

“He’s getting to the point of light chipping and putting and the doctors and trainers seem to be pleased with where he is at.”

“He is on schedule but we don’t know what that schedule means.”

“I don’t know when he intends to be playing competitively but I do expect it to be this summer.”

“I know that’s a wide range, but as the weeks go by we’ll be able to pinpoint an approximate time. It’s still a little early for that.”

“Nothing that has gone on from the day of the surgery until today gives me any cause to amend what I said then.”

“I know that’s broad and vague but we can’t pinpoint a specific time until we’re further along.”

Woods has only played in four tournaments this year with the first sign of trouble occurring at the Honda Classic on March 2.

It was during the final round that his back started bothering him, and Woods withdrew after 13 holes.

A week later he competed in the WGC-Cadillac Championship but the back issues surfaced again and he hasn’t played since.