Woods: Recovery 'tedious' and future still unclear

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BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods told “Morning Drive” co-host Damon Hack on Monday that he is chipping and putting, but the timeline for his return from microdiscectomy surgery on his back remains unclear.

“I don’t know. It’s not in my hands, it’s in my doctor’s hands,” said Woods, who spoke prior to media day for the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. “I hadn’t been hitting full shots. At least I’m chipping and putting so that’s nice. At least I’m progressing.”

He said the rehabilitation process, which normally takes between six to eight weeks, has been “tedious,” but he is making progress.

“It is slow and I just need to make sure I do it right,” he said.

Woods underwent back surgery on March 31 following his tie for 25th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and missed the Masters for the first time as a professional.

Woods also said the injury has made him reevaluate the way he trains and practices. “It evolves, especially my workout program.”

Woods, who slipped to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday, held a golf clinic last week at Tiger Jam 16 alongside his swing coach Sean Foley in Las Vegas, but didn’t hit any shots.

He is scheduled to address the media 11 a.m. (ET).