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Agent denies reports of a Woods setback; Love, Begay cite progress

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(Update: 6:10 p.m. ET)

On Golf Central, Tim Rosaforte said U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III told him that Tiger Woods is "making progress," and Notah Begay III said Woods is "getting better" and "starting to move like a human again.”

Rosaforte said Begay has been telling Woods, "nobody has ever been accused of coming back too late.”

Rosaforte heard through sources in South Florida that Woods was having difficulty sitting or riding in a golf cart, but that was six weeks ago. While it's highly unlikely that Woods will return in time for the Masters, Rosaforte feels it is more likely he will come back sometime during the summer.

(Original story)

Tiger Woods’ agent on Monday denied social-media reports that the former world No. 1 suffered a setback in his recovery from his latest back surgery. 

The tweets – first by the anonymous account “Secret Tour Pro” and then followed up Monday by former writer Robert Lusetich – suggested that Woods’ back condition had worsened and that he had trouble walking.

In a statement Monday, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said: “The tweets that appeared this weekend about Tiger’s health are ridiculous and absolutely false. It’s reprehensible that every few months someone makes something up and it’s treated like a real story. 

“Tiger continues to work on his rehabilitation and we will have an accurate update at the appropriate time.” 

Woods, 40, underwent a second microdiscectomy in September and had a follow-up procedure a month later. 

At his news conference at the Hero World Challenge in December, Woods said that there was “no timetable” for his return.