Tiger Woods announced Friday that he wouldn’t be competing in this year’s Masters, but his agent said Sunday that he expects his client to tee it up before 2016 comes to an end.
“I do expect him back on the golf course this year. Absolutely. But there’s no timetable (for his return),” Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, told ESPN.com.
Woods hasn’t played competitive golf since August. The 14-time major champion has been rehabbing from two back procedures conducted in the fall.
Throughout the process, Woods has espoused that he must be patient with his recovery.
That sentiment was reaffirmed Friday in Woods’ announcement that he was not “physically ready” to compete in this week’s Masters.
“I’ve said all along that this time I need to be cautious and do what’s best for my long-term health and career,” Woods said. “Unfortunately, playing Augusta next week wouldn’t be the right decision. I’m absolutely making progress, and I’m really happy with how far I’ve come.”
Woods, the World No. 1 as recently as 2014, sits 476th in the Official World Golf Ranking.