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World number one Tiger Woods looks set to miss next month’s US Open after admitting he has no idea when he will return from back surgery.
The 38-year-old American has not played since the WGC-Cadillac Championship after he opted to go under the knife on March 31 after struggling for several weeks with a pinched nerve in his back.
It usually takes three to four months for a normal recovery from such an operation which meant Woods missed the Masters at Augusta for the first time in his professional career, while he was always touch-and-go for the US Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina from June 12-15.
However his latest update suggests that he could be out for longer than he anticipated after claiming his recovery is “a slow process”, despite already starting his rehabilitation work with cycling and swimming.
He wrote on his website: “Some people heal up in three months, some people take four, some people take longer.
“As for my return to golf, I really don’t know. I’m doing everything I can and listening to my doctors.”
If the 14-time major winner misses the US Open his next target will undoubtedly be the Open at Royal Liverpool, starting on July 17, before the US PGA in August. Woods has already acknowledged that he is likely to need a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September.
Europe are 1.77 to win the Ryder Cup with the Americans 2.05.