Woods’s return still up in the air
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Tiger Woods is no longer using crutches, a walking boot or a razor. He hasn’t hit a full golf shot in 47 days and has no idea when he will practice, much less play in another tournament.
All he could say with certainty yesterday was that he would not return until he was fully healthy.
“Usually I set a timetable when I want to come back and play when I’ve had injuries before,’’ Woods said at the AT&T National, which benefits his foundation. “This one is different. I’m going to learn my lesson from what I did at The Players and apply it this time and come back when I’m 100 percent. I don’t know when that’s going to be.
“That’s kind of the frustrating thing about it right now is I don’t know.’’
While he did not rule out the British Open, which starts July 14 at Royal St. George’s, he made it sound as though he would miss another major championship.
“I wouldn’t go over there just to show up,’’ he said. “I’d go over there to win the golf tournament, so I need to obviously get my body ready so I can practice, and eventually play.’’
He’s not doing much of anything at the moment. Woods watched the US Open and was amazed at how Rory McIlroy matched his record by building a six-shot lead after 36 holes, then continued to crush his competition in winning by eight shots.
Woods has not played since May 12, when he withdrew after nine holes from The Players Championship. That was his first tournament since “minor injuries’’ to his left knee and Achilles caused by an awkward stance in the pine straw in the third round at the Masters.