Tiger Woods Begins Hitting Full Shots, Still No Timetable for Return to Competitive Play

(Photo: Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports)
(Photo: Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports)

Tiger Woods, 11 weeks removed from back surgery that forced him to miss the Masters, a title defense at The Players Championship and the U.S. Open, has begun hitting full shots, including his driver, his agent confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

“Tiger is continuing to progress each day,” Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, said in an e-mail. “As he feels better and better, he extends his swing. That was the plan from day one and he is sticking to the plan.”

There remains no timetable for his return.

Woods began light chipping and putting April 20.

Golf Channel was the first to report that Woods was hitting full shots at the Medalist Golf Club down the road from his home in Jupiter, Fla.

Next week Woods will be at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. The tournament benefits Woods’ foundation. Woods was at Congressional on May 19 for the tournament’s media day and was asked how long he would need to become competitive enough to return to the PGA Tour once his doctors gave him clearance to go all out in his rehab.

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Steve DiMeglio

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