Tiger Woods says he "doesn't know" when he'll return to golf

Tiger Woods says he “doesn’t know” when he’ll return to golf

For Tiger Woods, setting a date to return to competition may be a question of desire versus physical ability.

When does he want to come back from the microdiscectomy surgery he had March 30?

"Today," Woods said Monday on Golf Channel at Congressional C.C., site of the Quicken Loans National.

Despite saying over the weekend he intends to return this summer, Woods still remains unclear on a certain date.

"I don't know (when)," he added. "It's not in my hands. It's in the hands of my doctors and trainers. With this type of injury and this type of recovery, it's slow, it's tedious. I've got to do it right."

Woods said he is chipping and putting, but is yet to hit a full shot since the procedure to relieve pain from a pinched nerve in his back.

While Woods laments not being able to come back from the injury, he realizes this injury is more severe and debilitating than any other he has faced in his career. It's made him more patient in the recovery process.

"I think it's just because of the nature of injuries I've had in the past," Woods said. "I've had knees. I've had Achilles. I could play through those. With this, I just couldn't do it. Back injuries are no joke."