Tiger improving, but no return date set

Tiger Woods has insisted that he remains on the road to recovery, but has refused to put a timeline on his return to professional golf.

The former world number one has not played since the Wyndham Championship last August, and underwent two back surgeries in the space of six weeks after the event.

Woods played five holes at the recent opening of the Bluejack National Golf Club, and this coupled with his registration for the U.S. Open in June has led to some speculation that he may make a return in the coming months. However, speaking at a promotional event ahead of this week's Quicken Loans National, he said that he would not put any kind of date on when he would be likely to make a comeback.

"That's the overriding question I keep hearing, when are you coming back, when are you playing?" he told reporters.

"I hear it all the time, and if I knew, I would tell you, because it'd be fun to know, it would be nice to know that I am actually going to be playing on such and such a date, but I don't know."

Woods suffered something of an indignity when he deposited three consecutive balls into the water inside of 90 seconds when he took part in a hole-in-one competition at the Congressional Country Club on Monday, but he was not bothered by the experience, and insisted he is on the right track.

"I have been practising at home, and I am progressing nicely. I am hoping to play [again soon]," Woods added.

"I am still trying to get stronger, trying to get more pliable. I am hitting the ball better and everything about my game is coming around.

"Now it's just a matter of being more consistent with it, and then being able to do that not only at home against the boys at Medalist and trying to take their cash – trying to come out here and doing it against the best players in the world is a completely different deal."