Is Tiger ready to re­turn?

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Tiger Woods has played his first holes of golf since the Wyn­d­ham Cham­pi­onship last Au­gust, but has re­fused to set a date for his com­pet­i­tive re­turn.

The 14-time ma­jor win­ner played five holes with for­mer Open and Masters cham­pion Mark O’Meara at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the course he de­signed at Blue­jack Na­tional Golf Club.

“I’m def­i­nitely a lit­tle tired but I feel pretty good,” said Woods. “This is ac­tu­ally the first time I’ve played holes since Wyn­d­ham. It’s been a while. I’m just pro­gress­ing. “You saw how I was go­ing at it, nice and smooth. That’s harder than I have been go­ing at it the last month. Just grad­u­ally pro­gress­ing. “We’re just try­ing to progress and I’m do­ing that.” The 40-year-old un­der­went two ma­jor back surg­eries last year and in De­cem­ber was un­sure whether he would ever re­turn to ac­tion.

But hav­ing fi­nally re­turned to the golf course Woods was still un­will­ing to con­firm when he would next play at a tour­na­ment.

He added: “I haven’t set any date to when I’m play­ing again, which is frus­trat­ing to say. But to be hon­est, that’s what I’ve had to do. I’ve had to go with that mind­set.

“Would I have said that five months ago? No way. Keep im­prov­ing. Keep get­ting bet­ter. And I’m do­ing that.”

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