Woods lengthens putter as recovery bid continues

Bernie McGuire

Tiger Woods (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods revealed that he’s not had his feet-up entirely over the extended Christmas/New Year period as he recovers from a fifth back surgery.

In chatting last Sunday with CBS commentator Jim Nantz, the 15-time major champion disclosed he has been lengthening his putter.

Nantz asked:  “So as far as golf, what have you done since the surgery? Anything?”


Woods responded:  “I have lengthened my putter.

Nantz: “Starts with that?”

Woods: “Starts with that, I don’t have to bend over as far.

“I’ve gone to the same length as my sand wedge because I do a lot of putting drills, blading — hitting the equator with my sand wedge and I figured, well, if I do a lot with that, why not lengthen my putter to the same length, so I did and it helped.”

They were the only two clubs Woods talked about while the biggest question everyone wished to know is when the 45-year-old will be returning to competition. Woods could not answer that simply because he does not know.

Sunday’s interview was Woods’ first since undergoing microdiscectomy surgery to “remove a pressurized disc fragment” that was leading to nerve pain in his back following the December 17-19th PNC Championship in Orlando. Woods hosted last week’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club and was observed walking the grounds at the course over the closing two rounds.

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