Tiger Woods has "no idea" when he'll be back in action

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Tiger Woods has been chipping and putting, but still cannot pinpoint when he will begin to take full swings as he continues his recovery from surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, May 05, 2014 | 2:51 p.m.

Tiger Woods – who is the defending champion of this week's Players Championship but obviously is having to sit out – gave us an update on his physical status today, and it contained some good news and some bad news.

The bad news: Tiger still isn't sure when he'll be back on the PGA Tour as he recovers from microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.

"As for my return to golf, I really don't know. I'm doing everything I can and listening to my doctors and working on a strength program, and then we just have to see how my back is," Woods wrote, noting that he is still sore from the incision. "Some people heal up in three months, some people take four months, some people take longer. I just don't know."

Now, the good news. 

"One reassuring thing from my medical exam is I have zero arthritic changes whatsoever. I've kept myself in very good shape over the years, and it has paid off," he wrote. "We knew going into this procedure that it really helps to be strong, especially in my glutes and my abs. I was strong in both departments, and that helps with the recovery and rehab, and you're able to come back faster."

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Woods has been walking, cycling and even swimming – but chipping and putting is about it as far as golf-related activities go so far.

"I haven't really rotated yet," he wrote. "As far as taking a full swing, I have conference calls with my doctors every couple of weeks to see how my progress is and just kind of chart it out from there. Basically, you just follow a program. It's tedious because it's little rehab stuff, but you still have to do it."

In the post, Woods also congratulated Bubba Watson for his second Masters victory, talked about the time he's been spending with his kids, gave an update on some golf course design projects, and thanked his fans for all their get-well wishes. To read his entire post, click here.