Tiger Woods ‘doing really well,’ not ready to return yet

Tiger Woods (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Tiger Woods provided fans with an update on his health Friday, saying he’s “doing really well” but will “continue to take it slowly” as he’s still not ready to return to the golf course.

In a lengthy post on his personal website, Woods says his most recent surgery was successful and he’s now able to sleep pain-free.

Additionally, while he admits he isn’t in “golf shape,” he has been hitting the ball, practising chips and putts, and even challenging PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas, as well as Rickie Fowler, to competitions when they last popped by his place.

I’m starting to hit the ball a little further – 60-yard shots. I have not taken a full swing since my back fusion surgery last April, but continue to chip and putt every day.

The latter is paying off. Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler have been dropping by my house for putting contests. Justin also comes over to practice his chipping. It was fun to celebrate his PGA Championship win with him and Rickie, and we had a blast.

Woods also writes that his six-month back X-ray is coming up soon and he’ll wait to hear from his surgeon until he decides what to do next on the road to recovery. In the meantime, Woods says he’s been working out six a days a week: running, biking, swimming and lifting.

The 41-year-old also touches on a number of topics in the post including well-wishes for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the devastating earthquake that rocked Mexico, as well as some of the preparatory work he needs to do as a Presidents Cup assistant captain.

Derailed by injuries and personal problems, Woods remains four back of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major championships. He hasn’t played since he withdrew prior to the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic back in February, and he hasn’t won a major title since capturing the U.S. Open in 2008.

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