Tiger Woods has began light chipping and putting as he continues to rehab, his agent Mark Steinberg told reporters Wednesday.
Woods, 38, underwent a microdisectomy March 31 to alleviate pain caused by a pinched nerve in his back. The injury forced him to miss the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Masters.
“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. 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 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 pause 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 won five times last year and was the PGA Tour Player of the Year. He has played in just four tournaments this year.
“I’ve seen a very responsible approach to getting back,” Steinberg said. “This is about the next 10 or 15 years, this is not about the next 10 weeks. This is not about targeting any specific tournament. If he needs to wait one or two or three extra weeks he will. He’s thinking about this very, very long term.”
Woods will miss the Players Championship