Tiger Woods Says His Back Injury Is 'Progressing,' No Timetable for Return

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2017

In this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 photo, Tiger Woods reacts on hole 10th during the 1st round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Dubai Desert Classic with an apparent back injury after shooting an opening-round 5-over 77. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Tiger Woods has offered an update on the back injury that has prevented him from playing in a competitive tournament since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February. 

"The back is progressing," Woods told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday, per USA Today. "I have good days and bad days. I've had three back operations and that's just kind of the nature of the 

Woods' last round of competitive golf was on February 2 when he fired a 77 in the first round in Dubai. He withdrew prior to the second round, citing back spasms as the cause.

The 14-time major winner has played in two PGA Tour events this season, finishing 15th at the Hero World Challenge in December and missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. 

Woods was forced to skip the Masters two weeks ago, marking the second straight year he hasn't played at Augusta. The U.S. Open is the next major on the schedule with first-round play scheduled to begin on June 15 from Erin Hills in Wisconsin. 


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