20 May 2014

Woods still unsure about return date

9:37 am on 20 May 2014

Tiger Woods is nowhere near returning to competitive golf after undergoing back surgery.

Speaking on the Golf Channel on the same day that he lost the world number one ranking to Australia's Adam Scott, Woods said he was still in the early stages of recovery.

Woods withdrew from the Masters in April to undergo treatment for a pinched nerve in his back that has troubled the 38-year-old for months, and his golf activities are restricted to chipping and putting.

Woods, the winner of 14 major champoionships, is almost certain to miss next month's US Open in North Carolina and possibly the British Open in July.