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Tiger Woods unsure over injury return

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Tiger Woods is not sure when he will eventually return to the PGA Tour after injury and admits that his "doctors will determine the timetable."

The 14-time Major winner hasn't played competitive golf since March and is still unable to swing a club properly as he recovers from surgery on his back.

But the 38-year old insists it's only going to take a few weeks to get back to playing consistently when he's given permission to tee-off again by his medical advisors.

Woods underwent microdiscectomy surgery on March 31 to attempt to fix a pinched nerve in his back. The injury forced him to miss the US Masters for the first time in his professional career.

With uncertainty surrounding Woods' return it appears he will also be ruled out next month's US Open which begins on June 12 at Pinehurst. 

He may also miss the Quicken Loans National which is just two weeks away at Congressional Country Club. The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation and the 8-year old event is one of three on the PGA Tour where proceeds are donated to his foundation.

Speaking on Monday, Woods gave reporters an update on his injury. He said: "As of right now I can chip and putt. I don't know how much longer it will take before I can do more.

"As far as full swings and the timing on that, I don't know. Really there is no timetable. That has been the real question through all this. There is no date.

"It's not up to me. It's not going to be up to me if I play. It's up to my doctors."

But following the surgery Woods is in no doubt that he is feeling better after the surgery than before.

"The only doubts I had were prior to the surgery. I couldn't function anymore.

"The time right before the surgery was tough. Even getting out of bed was a task. After I had the procedure it was a relief.

"Once I am able to get back and start ramping it up, I don't think it will take more than a couple of weeks for me to be able to compete.

"If I get out there and start spraying it all over the place, at least my short game is solid."

When asked if this injury could result in retirement from the sport, the former world number one was adamant that this wouldn't be the case.

"I would like to, as all athletes, go out on my own terms.

"I want to go as long as I decide to do it. Now that I've had the procedure, I'm excited about the prospects ahead. I'm able to do the things I want.

"I still want to feel explosive. I want to feel strong and mobile. We are certainly heading in that direction right now."

Woods has been overtaken by Adam Scott as world number one despite the Austrailian not competing in this week's Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons resort.

A series of injuries have kept Woods out of five majors since his latest triumph in 2008 at the US Open. Knee surgery following that victory resulted in an eight-month layoff meaning he missed the Open and PGA championships.

In 2011, Woods missed the US Open and Open Championship due to knee and Achilles injuries that kept him out for four months. When he returned late in 2011, Woods had dropped down to 58th in the world.

But he soon climbed back to world number one after his victory in the 2011 Chevron World Challenge, his first win anywhere in more than two years giving him much needed ranking points.

He won three times in 2012 and finished third at the Open Championship. He followed that up with five victories last year, including wins at the Players Championships and two World Golf Championship events. His victory at WGC-Cadillac had moved him into world number one from Scott has now moved above him with this latest injury jeopardising his future.

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