Tiger working on return to game


Tiger Woods said he continues to feel better, though the 14-time major champion remains unsure when he can return to competitive golf.

Woods released a statement Wednesday saying he has been chipping and putting at home in Florida as his recovery from back surgeries progresses, and that he and his son, Charlie, are competing in three-hole chipping contests.

Woods said he has been hitting 9-irons. He released a video last week that shows him making a smooth swing into a golf simulator.

He has not played in a tournament since August and has not won since August 2013. He has battled injuries for the past several years, and he underwent the second and third surgeries on his back late last year.

“The big thing right now is trying to get stronger and more flexible,” Woods wrote on his website. “Sitting out as long as I did, some weakening occurred, and I have a lot of work ahead of me. . . .”