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Published: 09:34 | 23/6/16

Woods hoping to return soon

Tiger Woods admits his body is still short of the level required to play golf competitively but he is hopeful things will click sooner rather than later.

Woods has not played competitively since finishing joint 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August last year after undergoing two operations on his back.

While he is improving week-by-week, the 14-time major winner is not fit enough to play four competitive rounds of golf and he does not know when he will be in a position to enter a tournament.

"I'm just playing it week to week and I keep getting better. I just hope that everything clicks in and I can do it sooner rather than later," Woods explained.

"I'm excited about what's transpired so far. It's about trying to recover for the next day. I still need to get in golf shape.

"It's about four, five days in a row. It's about me playing 36 holes daily, getting up to speed and playing.

"I just need to get to where strength-wise I can handle the workload of playing out here on a weekly basis, practising after a round, not having to go ice my back. I'm trying to get there as fast as I can, but I'm trying to do it right.

"As you know, I've pushed through a lot of injuries and rehabs before. I'm trying to do it correctly this time."

Woods, who host this week's Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club, has missed the Masters and US Open as he continues his recovery and is likely to miss the Open at Troon in three weeks.

While he will be at Congressional this week, he admits he finds it difficult to be part of the gallery.

"I wish I could be here to play, to get out here, get it going again. I just miss playing. It's not fun. It's tough. This tournament is near and dear to my heart," he stated.

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