Tiger Woods is not hitting full shots and still does not know when he will be able to return. The US Open starts on June 12 and it does not appear he will participate.
“There really is no timetable,” Woods explained to the press Monday at Congressional Country Club. “I think that’s been kind of the realization to all of this, is that there’s no date. It’s just take it on a daily basis. It’s not going to be up to me whether I play or not, it’s going to be up to my docs. I want to play now. It would be nice to be able to go out there today and play.”
Woods received surgery for a pinched nerve in his back, which led him to miss his first Masters in April. He wrote a long blog post on his personal website that said he spends as much of his free tine with his family, but emphasized he needs to take the recovery slow. The Quicken Loans National is two weeks after the US Open and he hopes to attend, mainly for his foundation. He said on his website, though, he would be at that tournament whether he plays or not. He missed last year due to an elbow injury.
Adam Scott passed Tiger for the #1 ranking in the world right before Woods addressed the public on Monday. Woods wants to return to the game. From ESPN:
I miss playing. I miss being out there on the golf course and doing that. I miss getting out there and hitting balls like that and just playing. I miss the game. Forget about competing at the highest levels, I just miss being out there and just being around the golf course. As of right now, I can chip and putt, but that’s it. We are going to just take it slowly, and I don’t know how many more weeks I’m going to be at this pace, but at least I have something, so I’m able to actually get out there and chip and putt. But as far as full swings and that timetable about playing, I don’t know.
Woods has not appeared in a tournament since the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 9. He pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational by calling Palmer personally. He was devastated at not being able to defend his title.