Recovering Tiger says he might not play again this year


Recovering Tiger says he might not play again this year
Tiger Woods with his kids in Bethesda.

Published: Mon 27 Jun 2016, 10:12 PM

Last updated: Tue 28 Jun 2016, 12:55 AM

 Tiger Woods said Sunday he might not return to competitive golf this year following back surgery nine months ago, but he's counting on the wait being worthwhile by producing impressive form.
The 14-time major champion updated his recovery status after Sunday's final round of the US PGA National at Congressional Country Club, which benefits his charity foundation.
"I'm trying to get back as fast as I can," Woods said.
"It's frustrating not being able to play, especially at my own event. I miss being out here."
Asked if there was a chance he might not play again this year, Woods said, "I don't know. I want to play. I don't know if I will. But I am trying to... I'm working my tail off."
The British Open is only three weeks away and the year's final major, the PGA Championship, is less than five weeks away.
Woods never mentions a specific event when asked about a comeback timetable and he has admitted downplaying his status in comments about past injuries.
But he talks time and again about having learned from past attempts to return too quickly from injury and setbacks he has suffered as a result.
"I would like to say next week. But I can't," Woods said. "It's not fun. It's a tough road. I know I'm getting better. I'm progressing, but still I'm just not quite ready to be out here.
"I can play with these guys. I know I still can. I just need to get healthy enough where I can do it on a regular basis."
That, Woods said, requires getting into golf shape. That means even though he is playing 18 holes now on consecutive days, he must be able to handle all the stresses of tournament play over 72 holes.


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