Tiger Woods admits he is unsure when he will be able to return to competitive golf as back problems continue to dog him.
The 14-time major winner has undergone three separate operations to try and correct the problem but has not been seen on either the PGA or European Tour since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic on February 3.
The tournament in Dubai is one of only three that the 41-year-old has participated in since August 2015, following on from a 15th-place finish at last year’s Hero World Challenge, a competition he hosts, and a missed cut at January’s Farmers Insurance Open.
Woods was seen swinging a club at the unveiling of his new design for a course in Missouri on Tuesday, but he confirmed at the event that he is unsure when he will be able to return to competitive action.
“The back is progressing. I have good days and bad days,” he said.
“I’ve had three back operations and that’s just kind of the nature of the business, unfortunately. That’s all I can say.”
The former world number one has not played a major since finishing in a tie for 17th at the 2015 Masters and he had to watch from the side as Sergio Garcia secured his first Green Jacket at Augusta earlier this month.
The second major of the year, the US Open, is scheduled to get underway at Erin Hills on June 15 and it remains unclear if Woods will be able to play any part in that tournament.
The American is a three-time US Open champion and he is priced at 67.00 to add to that tally this year.