Woods’ agent slams setback reports as ‘false’
February 23 2016 10:25 PM
Padraig Harrington

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Tweets indicating Tiger Woods has suffered a serious setback in his return from a third back surgery are “absolutely false”, the 14-time major golf champion’s agent Mark Steinberg said on Monday.
Twitter posts from two different handles—one of them longtime golf writer Robert Lusetich—suggest that the 40-year-old superstar’s rehabilitation was not going well and that his condition had deteriorated.
“The tweets that appeared this weekend about Tiger’s health are ridiculous, and absolutely false,” Steinberg said in a statement.
“It’s reprehensible that every few months someone makes something up and it’s treated like a real story.
“Tiger continues to work on his rehabilitation and we will have an accurate update at the appropriate time.”
According to the Twitter handle Secret Tour Pro, Woods was eyeing a return to golf in May at the Players Championship in Florida but that plan has been scrapped due to the lack of progress with his health.
Lusetich posted in a tweet: “I’m told #TigerWoods condition worsened. He can’t move well; painful to sit. Sits in car with seat fully reclined. No forseeable return. Sad.”
As recently as last Friday, Steinberg told ESPN there was no update on Woods’ status.
Woods hasn’t played competitively since August of 2015, when he tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship.
Woods, who turned 40 in December, had microdiscectomy surgery on March 31 of 2014 to treat a herniated disk. He underwent a second procedure on September 16, 2015 to deal with a disk fragment that was pinching a nerve, and six weeks later underwent another procedure to address continuing discomfort.
He said during the World Challenge tournament he hosted in December that there was no timetable for his return, telling reporters: “Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? I don’t know.”
Woods’s 14 major titles—the last won in 2008—are four shy of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18.
He owns 79 PGA Tour victories, three off the career best held by Sam Snead, the most recent coming at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in 2013—one of five wins for him that season.

Irishman Harrington to lead Indian Open field
Three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington will lead a competitive field at the Indian Open which starts next month with boosted prize money of $1.66 million.
The Irishman said he was looking forward to playing in his first Open at the Delhi Golf Club, an event sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours and running from March 17-20.   
The field includes defending champion Anirban Lahiri of India and a host of other past winners including Siddikur Rahman (Bangladesh), Thaworn Wiratchant (Thailand), Mardan Mamat (Singapore) and Arjun Atwal (India).
But the spotlight will be on Harrington, a two-time British Open and former US PGA winner, who has not played in India since his amateur days almost two decades ago.
“Looking forward to coming and playing the Hero Indian Open at the Delhi Golf Club. Actually it starts on March 17—St. Patrick’s Day,” the 44-year-old said in a video message yesterday at the launch of this year’s tournament.
“And I haven’t played in India for a long time. It’s the early 1990s that I played here in the Indian Amateur Open, so making it to the Indian Open as pro might be different.”

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