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Tiger on path to recovery

New York: Tiger Woods is still not clear on when he will be ready to return to competitive golf after undergoing back surgery.

Speaking to a television channel on the same day that he lost the world No. 1 ranking to Australia’s Adam Scott, Woods said he was still in the early stages of recovery.

“Still rehabbing. And it’s not a lot of fun, I’ll tell you that,” he said on Monday.

“It’s a lot of tedious little exercises that I have to do. At least I still get to chip and putt which is nice, and that’s progressing.

“I’ve got my feel for that which is nice. But, still haven’t hit any full shots, it’s still a little bit too soon.”

Woods withdrew from the Masters in April to undergo treatment for a pinched nerve in his back that has troubled him for months.

With no timetable set for his return, the 14-time Major winner is now almost certain to miss next month’s US Open in North Carolina and possibly the British Open in July.

“It’s not really in my hands. I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve got to get permission from them (doctors) before I can come back. Basically still have to continue to progress.”