Woods making steady progress

Tiger Woods has moved closer to a return to competitive golf by hitting full shots in practice.

The former world number on missed the year’s first two major championships after undergoing back surgery on March 31 and has not competed since the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

At the time Woods said that his recovery was “slow and tedious” and added that “As of right now I can chip and putt but that’s it.”

Woods has since made steady progression and his agent, Mark Steinberg, told the PGA Tour’s website on Tuesday that “Tiger is making continual progress.”

“He feels better each day and (is able to) extend his swing as he moves forward.”

This has increased the possibility that Woods could be able to compete in the Open Championship from July 17-20 at Hoylake.