Los Angeles - Tiger Woods took his first public golf shots
in over two months during an event to announce his first public course on
Tuesday but the former world number one remained noncommittal about his return
to competitive action.
Woods, who has not played a tournament since pulling out of
a European Tour event in February because of back spasms, took two swings into
a par-three hole in front of a crowd that were on hand for his course design
announcement in Missouri.
His first shot off a makeshift tee bounced off some rocks
that will front the green on the still-to-be built course while his second
landed about 10 feet from the hole.
"The back is progressing," said Woods. "I
have good days and bad days. I've had three back operations and that's just
kind of the nature of the business unfortunately. That's all I can say."
Woods returned to the PGA Tour in January after a 17-month
absence following back surgery. He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open
and shot an opening-round 77 a week later in Dubai before withdrawing.
His course, which is scheduled to open in 2019, will honour
late Missouri native and three-times major champion Payne Stewart and be called