*At a press conference ahead of his AT&T National tournament in Pennsylvania yesterday, Tiger Woods said he still has no idea when he’ll be healthy enough to return to golf.
The former world No. 1 is no longer on crutches, a walking boot or a razor, reports the AP. But 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.
“Usually I set a timetable when I want to come back and play when I’ve had injuries before,” Woods told the press gathered at 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.” [Scroll down to watch press conference in its entirety.]
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 U.S. 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.
With shared parenting of his two kids, he has watched more cartoons than he ever did as a child. “What’s actually really tough to watch now all the time is ‘Dora.’ That song is just brutal,” he said.
Woods has not played since May 12 when he withdrew after nine holes from The Players Championship. He still believes he has time on his side, especially when it comes to his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 professional majors. He remains stuck on No. 14, and he can’t get closer if he’s not playing.
“He won when he was 46, right?” said the 35-year-old Woods. “I’ve still got some time. I feel pretty confident of what my future holds and very excited about it. I’m excited about coming out here and being ready to go, instead of trying to kind of patch it, which I’ve been doing for a while.”
Watch entire press conference below.