Tiger Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, has rejected reports that the former world number one is struggling to walk following back surgery.
The 40-year-old, who has not played since August, underwent two lower back surgeries last year in an attempt to remedy a long-standing ailment.
Speculation regarding the plight of Woods’ health has been rampant since reports emerged late last week that he is currently unable to drive, climb stairs or sit in a chair. However, Steinberg has insisted that this is not the case.
“The tweets that appeared this weekend about Tiger’s health are ridiculous and absolutely false,” he said. “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.”
The tweets that set off the speculation regarding came from golf writer Robert Lusetich who later went on the The Dan Patrick Show to elaborate.
“What I was told from a very reliable source, is that Tiger has had quite a setback,” Lusetich said on the show. “ … It’s very difficult I’m told for him to walk; there’s a lot of pain. Sitting is painful. If he rides in the car, he sits in the passenger seat, he has to fully recline the seat to avoid pain.”
There have been no official updates on Woods’ condition since the 14-time major winner said in December that he had begun his rehabilitation.
“There is no timetable for this and that’s been the hardest mindset adjustment, is that I don’t know,’’ Woods said at the time. “So where is the light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know, so that’s been hard.”