Tiger Woods has picked up his putter again, amidst hopes that he will be fit for a comeback at next year’s Masters, the first major of the year.

The world No.1 hopes to have recovered from his major surgery by the 9th April, when The Masters at Augusta tees off.

“I’m working very hard everyday and there have been no setbacks,” Woods told his official website.

“I’ve actually started to do a little chipping and putting, but no full swings. That’s not going to happen until next year.”

The 32-year-old has been recovering after a double stress fracture of his left tibia and cruciate ligament damage threatened to end his career, forcing him to have an operation.

Having started the year so brightly, heroically winning the US Open in an exciting play-off with Rocco Mediate while harbouring his injury, Woods has been unable to swing a golf club since May.    

His injury will have given him more time to spend with his family. Woods’ wife, Erin, is expecting their second child by the end of this year.