Miami: World number one Tiger Woods said on Monday he is making very slow progress recovering from surgery for a pinched nerve and unsure when he will make his return to golf.
Woods updated his status in a blog posting on his website, saying he remains sore after the operation and regrets not being able to defend his title this week at the US PGA Players Championship. "It's tough to miss any tournament, but especially one that's so important to the players and where I'm defending," Woods said.
Woods has been unable to resume his workout regimen because of the March 31 operation, which kept him from playing in last month's Masters, the first major championship of the year. "My recovery from microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in my back is coming along, but it's a very slow process," Woods said. "I'm still sore, not from the procedure itself but the incision. I just need to get back to my day-to-day activities and that's it."