“I haven't hit any golf balls yet,” Tiger Woods said. “I have putted.”
“I don't know when that [comeback date] is going to be,” he lamented. “That's kind of the frustrating thing about it right now is I don't know.”
The former No. 1 explained, “Well, the doctors are -- it depends on how my body heals. It's up to them and obviously my body and how it recovers.”
Woods offered that progress report at a news conference to promote his National tournament benefiting his foundation. Not last week, but three years ago. The unofficial host arrived to Aronimink just outside of Philadelphia to provide an update on knee and Achilles injuries first aggravated at the Masters and re-aggravated at The Players, where he withdrew after nine holes of 6-over golf.
A month after that vague update, Woods returned to golf at the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – and played terribly.
The point is this: Until Tiger Woods tells us something, we won’t know it. If Woods’ doctors allowed him to go back to hitting full shots today, almost two months after microdiscetomy surgery on his back, we wouldn't know, and he wouldn't tell us. And if he's going to be out until the inaugural America’s Cup in Argentina in October, we wouldn’t know. Of course, there is also the very distinct possibility Woods himself doesn't know when he’ll return.
We now know Woods won’t be playing the Memorial Tournament or U.S. Open. Beyond that, though, it is all just a guess, no matter what he says.