Tiger Woods has sent a warning to his rivals after declaring himself almost back to full fitness.
The former world number 1 and fourteen-time major winner was forced to pull out of last week’s Farmers Insurance Open after apparently aggravating a previous back injury.
But Woods has tonight claimed the two injuries aren’t related, and that he’s not too far away from full fitness.
He announced to fans through his personal website: “This latest injury is not related to my previous surgery. I am having daily physical therapy and I am feeling better every day.
Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me. My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back. Next week I will practice at Medalist and at home getting ready for the rest of the year.
“I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game. I’d like to play The Honda Classic — it’s a tournament in my hometown and it’s important to me — but I won’t be there unless my game is tournament-ready. That’s not fair to anyone. I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon.
“I want to thank the fans in Phoenix and San Diego. They were amazing. I greatly appreciate everyone’s support.”
Watch this space.