19 Apr 2017

Tiger remains in the woods

9:48 am on 19 April 2017

Former world number one Tiger Woods took the opportunity to hit a couple of golf shots at the announcement of his first public course this week but there's still no word on when he'll return to the professional scene.

Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Woods hasn't played a tournament since pulling out of a European Tour event in February because of back spasms, but took two swings into a par-three hole in front of a crowd that were on hand for his course design announcement in Missouri.

His first shot off a makeshift tee bounced off some rocks that will front the green on the still-to-be built course while his second landed about 10 feet from the hole.

"The back is progressing," said Woods. "I have good days and bad days. I've had three back operations and that's just kind of the nature of the business unfortunately. That's all I can say."

Woods returned to the PGA Tour in January after a 17-month absence following back surgery. He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open and shot an opening-round 77 a week later in Dubai before withdrawing.

His course, which is scheduled to open in 2019, will honor late Missouri native and three-times major champion Payne Stewart and be called Payne's Valley.