Tiger Woods, the AT&T National tournament host, told members of the media Tuesday afternoon that he has no timetable for his return to golf following two leg injuries that have sidelined him most of this season.
“I’m using that 2008 experience this time around. Only difference is, there is no timetable. I always had a goal in mind once I had the operation back in ’08. This time, it’s openended. I’m using a different approach and learning my lesson this time,” Woods said about his eventual return to the game.
He also stated that he’s undecided on whether he’ll play in the British Open that begins July 14 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club. Woods did admit he would be surprised if the season ended without him playing another tournament.
Woods’ tournament begins Thursday at the Aronimink Golf Club (7,237 yards, par 70).
“My motivation is to get back to where I know I can play and feeling good again because I haven’t felt good in a number of years,” Woods said.
How does Woods see his rehab progressing? “It’s up to the doctors. We’re trying to push it every day and challenge my leg every day and see how it responds. If it gets better, then we progress a little bit further. That’s how rehab goes.”
Woods also said he has been walking freely and hasn’t had to use any sort of walking boot. He did admit his left knee and Achilles is not strong enough to hit balls.
One reporter inquired if Woods and his doctors have discussed future surgeries. Woods’ reply: “There has been no discussion of surgery at all.”
Another reporter asked Woods if he can catch up to Jack Nicklaus’ majors record and Woods replied with a quick, “I’m 35, not 65. … I still have some years ahead of me. I feel like my best years are still ahead of me.”
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