Tiger Woods’ agent has dismissed reports that the 14-time major winner is struggling to move and is in pain sitting down as he recovers from his third back surgery.
Mark Steinberg was responding to social media comments by golf journalist Robert Lusetich and tweets claiming that Woods was unable to walk for long periods, could not climb stairs and needed to sit with the car passenger seat fully reclined.
“The tweets that appeared this weekend about Tiger’s health are ridiculous and absolutely false,”
“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.'”
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
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) February 22, 2016
— Secret Tour Pro (@secrettourpro) February 21, 2016
But Notah Begay, Tiger Woods’ close friend and fellow pro agreed with Steinberg’s assessment.
“Notah Begay, his long-time friend, his advisor through this, told me he was getting better and actually starting to move like a human being again,” Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte said.
“All you hear now are stories about Tiger dropping his children off at school, hanging out at his restaurant. Nobody said he was wincing, everybody said he looks good and appears to be quite happy.”
For now, Tiger continues to work on his rehab. His last major victory was at the US Open in 2008. His most recent PGA Tour victory was the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.
He has not competed competitively since August 2015, when he tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship.