Report: Woods' recovery might rule out Pinehurst

Tiger Woods underwent back surgery after the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship, missed the Masters and might not return in time for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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Tiger Woods, who underwent surgery last month and withdrew from the Masters on April 1, seemingly will be in recuperation mode "past the U.S. Open," his friend and Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III told CBS Sports Radio.

As Woods missed the Masters last week, viewership dipped as Bubba Watson won at Augusta National. He remained World No. 1 as the three players who could have taken the top spot – Adam Scott, Jason Day and Henrik Stenson – didn't contend at the Masters.

In a statement on his website April 1, Woods had said that he was expected to begin chipping and putting in three weeks' time – with the goal to return to play "sometime this summer."

Woods missed the 2011 U.S. Open because of an injury; he played through a knee injury to win the 2008 U.S. Open in a Monday playoff against Rocco Mediate.

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