Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Tiger hits a few shots, but unsure of comeback

Tiger hits a few shots, but unsure of comeback

Woods, who offered the de rigueur, "the back is progressing", update on the state of his health and, as always, no timetable for his return to competition, said he agreed with Mark O'Meara's assessment of his fitness. As expected, though, the topic on everyone's mind was when the 14-time major champion would be returning to play on the PGA Tour. "I've had three back operations, and that's the nature of the business unfortunately".

At this rate, Woods, out of commission since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February following a first-round 77, may not be ready for his next comeback until the Champions Tour beckons.

He did, however, hit a few shots in public Tuesday afternoon for the first time since that withdrawal in Dubai.

The golf course is scheduled to open in 2019.

The road to recovery for Tiger Woods - if one exists at all - is a rather long one indeed.

"The first shot was crap, hit it in the water", Woods said. His second shot was within ten feet of the pin. As part of the ceremony, Woods hit a pair of 100-yard shots to christen the new design.

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"Maybe this golf course may hold a PGA Tour golf event down the road, but that is not our goal right now", said Woods.

Woods and Morris have had a relationship since shortly after Woods won the 1997 Masters, when the 21-year-old used some of his winnings to invest in a Bass Tracker boat from Bass Pro Shops.

However, it will be the first time TGR Design - which already has courses open in Houston and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and several others under construction - collaborates on a championship track with full public access.

Plans also call for an additional par-3 short course Woods will also design.

Woods said it was an easy sell to get him involved in this project. "Tiger and I were talking today as we were driving around". The golf industry is flat. How many of our kids look up and see the world? "That's what we're trying to fight".

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