Tiger Woods Dishes on Back Surgery Progress and Dominating Son at Putting

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMay 5, 2014

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Tiger Woods may be injured, but he is still finding ways to stay competitive, like dominating his five-year-old son at putting. 

Woods recently hopped on the computer and updated his fans on the latest news amid his journey back from back surgery. You can read all about his thoughts on missing the Masters and his current health in his blog entry.

However, Business Insider's Tony Manfred highlighted one of the more hilarious portions of the article, one that proves there might be a lot of things that come easy when you are the five-year-old son of a golf superstar, but winning a putting match isn't one of them: 

I've worked with Charlie on hitting and fielding drills and showing him slowly what to do; I can't do it quickly. We watch a lot of sports on TV, and we try and copy that. We have a lot of putting contests. I can't bend down to pick up the ball out of the hole, so we sand-filled all the holes so you can still putt to a hole. He's getting pretty good and is starting to understand speed and break. That's not something that is easy to pick up. I have my greens running about 13 on the Stimpmeter every day, so your feel has to be a little better. When we were in the Bahamas, the greens were much slower and he almost beat me. If Sam and Charlie beat me, they're going to earn it. That's how Pop was with me, and I think that's how it should be.

Don't bring that weak stuff in here, son. 

DORAL, FL - MARCH 07:  Tiger Woods reacts to a long birdie putt on the fourth hole during the second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 7, 2014 in Doral, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Imag
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Now, it's all fun and games until you enter dad's arena because golf becomes a whole new endeavor when that is the case. 

We have to think that Woods' kids are going to be some unbelievable putting geniuses when they get older. And really, we have to think they can take most of us to task already.

An adorable image of a five-year-old nearly beating Dad is nice and all, but Woods does well to give fans an honest look at his rehab process. 

He spoke with Tony Romo about the back procedure because the Cowboys quarterback had the same surgery. And he also gave skiing fans hope that they may just see girlfriend Lindsey Vonn back competing later this year: 

It does help to rehab with Lindsey [Vonn], but her programs are much further along than mine. That does help when you're not the only one suffering. It's a good and bad thing that we're both rehabbing at the same time. Her sessions are much longer and more developed. Her knee is getting stronger and it's good to see. She hopes to be ready to compete again in December.

VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 21: (FRANCE OUT) Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn of USA during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on December 21, 2013 in Val d'Isere, France. (Photo by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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As for Woods' own timetable, that is unfortunately not as certain. The 38-year-old maintains that he still can't swing a golf club and is sticking to just the specific short game aspects that don't cause pain, like taking down would-be five-year-old putting usurpers. 

"Some people heal up in three months, some people take four months, some people take longer," Woods told ESPN's Bob Harig. "I just don't know."

Harig reminds us of the brief history that led to Woods' surgery: 

Woods has played in just four tournaments this year, experiencing back issues at the Honda Classic in March, where he withdrew during the final round. He attempted to play the next week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and shot a final-round 78 to finish 25th. His back issues were again apparent, and two weeks later he decided not to defend his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He then withdrew a week before the Masters, citing the back surgery.

As CBS Sports' Kyle Porter notes, there isn't anything in his blog post that will move the golf world: "Nothing Woods posted was revolutionarystill no date for a comebackbut it's always nice to hear from the world No. 1."

Sadly, we still have to wait for a definitive date on Woods' return to the sport, something fans share with the golfer it seems. 

As Woods points out, he did return to the sport after suffering knee and Achilles injuries, so keep the faith that a return will come swiftly and quite successfully. 

In the meantime, it seems Woods plans on being candid about life behind the scenes, which features hard work, tireless rehabilitation and lessons only a father could teach—like how humbling putting can be. 


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