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Tiger says game getting better, puts three in water


Moments after Tiger Woods said he was “progressing nicely” from back surgery, the former world No. 1 hit three balls into the water on a short par-three hole on Monday.

Woods, at the Congressional Country Club to promote the June 23 to June 26 Quicken Loans National, which he hosts, took three shots at the 102-yard 10th. The first two went directly in the water and the third hit a slope before rolling in.

“See, I need a warm-up,” Woods said after the final shot.

Prior to the exhibition, Woods said he still had no idea when he might make his return to the USPGA Tour.

“If I knew, I would tell you, because it would be fun to know,” said Woods, who has not competed since the Wyndham Championship in August last year. “It would be nice to know that I am going to play on such a date, but I don’t know. I’m still trying to get stronger, I’m trying to get more pliable. I’m hitting the ball better.”

Woods, who first had back surgery in 2014, was seemingly injury-free last year, but then had a second microdisectomy in September and a follow-up procedure six weeks later.

He has competed in only 18 events on the US circuit since the end of 2013, but has recently been playing friendly games at Medalist in Florida.

“Everything about my game is coming around,” Woods said. “Now it’s just a matter of being consistent with it and then be able to do that not only at home against the boys at Medalist and try to take their cash, but try to come out here and do it against the best players in the world is a completely different deal.”

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