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If you were counting on a miraculous Tiger Woods return, it's not happening anytime soon

February 20, 2016

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Tiger Woods is not in the field at next week's Honda Classic as the 14-time major winner continues to recover from two off-season back surgeries. Woods, who lives in nearby Jupiter, Fla., played in the event from 2012 to 2014 before skipping it in 2015 while he took a break from tournament golf.

Although it's clear Woods won't tee it up at PGA National, it's still unclear when he'll make his return to competition. Or if he's even close.

When reached by ESPN on Friday, Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said he had no update on his client. Woods has not addressed his status since early December, when he said he had "no timetable for this."

The most encouraging recent comments regarding a potential Woods comeback came from his caddie, Joe LaCava. In a recent interview, LaCava acknowledged he's turned down other caddying offers to stay on Woods' bag and that he still has "faith he's going to continue to do well and win." Until that happens, LaCava, like everyone else, will continue to wait.