Woods 'making progress'

  • Last Updated: June 17 2014, 17:40 BST

Former world number one Tiger Woods has moved closer to a return to competitive golf by hitting full shots in practice.

Tiger Woods: Has extended his swing on the practice range
Tiger Woods: Has extended his swing on the practice range

Woods missed the year's first two major championships after undergoing back surgery on March 31 and has not played since the WGC-Cadillac Championship earlier that month.

Speaking on May 19, Woods had said his recovery was "slow and tedious" adding: "As of right now I can chip and putt but that's it."

But in response to a report that he had stepped up his practice regime, the 14-time major winner's agent Mark Steinberg told the PGA Tour's website: "Tiger is making continual progress.

"He feels better each day and (is able to) extend his swing as he moves forward."

The news increases the possibility that Woods could be back in action in time for the Open Championship from July 17-20 at Hoylake, where he won the last of his three Open titles in 2006.