Tiger taking it slowly

Tiger Woods say he is yet to hit a golf ball since missing the cut at the PGA Championship five weeks ago on August 8.

The Championship was one of just the eighth tournaments Woods took part in during a season where his participation was limited by back injuries and corrective surgery.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s Hero World Golf Challenge, at Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Florida, Woods said he has been concentrating on regaining his strength.

“I haven’t swung a golf club yet. I’ve just been shadow swinging without a club, but I’ve been busting my butt in the gym pretty hard,” he said.

“I’ve got my strength back, which is nice. Now the next goal is to get my explosiveness and my fast twitch going, and that’s the next phase of my training.”

The World Challenge takes place in December this year and will be the next time Woods plays a competitive round of golf.

The tournament was founded by Woods and he donates all of his prize money to his foundation. The Challenge is an unofficial event but offers World Ranking points and is only open to players in the top 50

Last year Zach Johnson defeated Woods in a play-off at Sherwood Country Club in California, where the event took place from 2000 to 2013.