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World number one Tiger Woods could return to action this summer but the US Open at Pinehurst, which starts on June 12, is likely to come too soon.
Woods has not claimed a Major since he won the US Open back in 2008 and was hoping to end that drought this season on courses that have brought him success in the past.
However, his season has been thrown into turmoil after the American was forced to undergo surgery on a pinched nerve in his back and it is unclear when he will be able to play again.
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg says there is a chance it will be this summer, but insists the player does not want to rush back early and suffer more problems that could lead to further issues in years to come.
“I don’t know when he will be playing, but I expect it to be this summer,” Steinberg, said. “This is about the next 10 or 15 years, not about the next 10 weeks.”
After the US Open, the third major of the year is the Open Championship at Hoylake, which begins on July 17th.
The Liverpool links is where Woods won his last Open Championship in 2006, but again it remains to be seen if he will be fit in time.
“He’s doing a little bit more and more each day but this is not about targeting any specific tournament,” Steinberg added.
“If he needs to wait one or two or three extra weeks he will, he’s thinking about this very, very long term.”