Seven months on from back surgery, Tiger Woods' road to recovery seems to be all but over.
The 14-time major winner started his recovery slowly, a few wedge shots here and there, but has recently stepped up his progression after playing five holes with Mark O'Meara at the Bluejack National Golf Club in Texas on Monday.
Woods has not scheduled his return to the PGA Tour, but has registered to participate in this year's US Open in June. The former world number one ruled himself out of the Masters earlier this month even though he was hitting full drives in practice, but even with this positive, he still believes he is not in the physical shape he needs in order to compete at such a high level.
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He said: "I've said all along that this time I need to be cautious and do what's best for my long-term health and career. I'm absolutely making progress, and I'm really happy with how far I've come, but I still have no timetable to return to competitive golf."
Woods played for the first time since the Wyndham Championship at the opening of the Bluejack National Golf Club which he helped design.
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Since undergoing surgery after a small disc fracture was pinching a nerve, Woods has slipped to 499th in the world rankings and with no scheduled events, it doesn't look like he will improve that ranking anytime soon.
The Golf Channel has claimed that he will feature at the Wells Fargo Championship early next month, but his team are adamant there is no return date. However, his love for golf has not disappeared.
Woods ventured out to Augusta earlier this month for the prestigious Masters Champions Dinner and said it was more influential than everyone first thought.
Woods said: "To be on the grounds and feel what Augusta is and what the Masters is all about ... to be there and not be able to tee it up, I had to get out of there."
Woods was close to retirement in December of last year, but will this new love for the game be enough to get him back and competing with the likes of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy?
The answer of course is no. The power, agility and athleticism that these players now have, has inevitably been pushed out of Woods by several injuries and a damaging amount of surgeries.
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