Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future

Published 5:11 p.m. ET Sept. 27, 2017

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Tiger Woods made it back from his fourth surgery in time for the Presidents Cup.

Just not to play.

Not even Woods knows when or even if he can return. He even acknowledged Wednesday a scenario that he doesn’t return to competition because he’s at a stage where he’s only hitting 60-yard shots.

This was all about driving a cart as an assistant captain at Liberty National.

Woods is back on a golf course for the first time since the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot 77 in the first round and withdrew the next day citing back spasms. He had fusion surgery on his back in April, and he had reason to wonder if he would be able to join the U.S. team in this capacity.

He said in his blog May 24 that surgery brought instant nerve relief. Five days later, however, he was arrested on a DUI charge when Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a running car that was parked awkwardly on the side of the road with a blinker flashing.

Woods said he had an unexpected reaction to pain medication. Three weeks later, he entered a treatment center.

He also was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup last fall,…

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