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While his surgically repaired left knee won't be 100 percent healthy, Tiger Woods says he fully expects to play in the 2009 Masters at Augusta National.

Woods, speaking in an interview on ESPN Tuesday, said he still has no definite timetable set for his return to competitive golf and hasn't taken a full swing since his playoff victory in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines last June.

"If I have six months off from surgery, that puts me into January, and another four months, that puts me at pretty much 10 months," Woods said. "That's a long time. I figure I can come back after 10 months.

"Generally it's between six to nine months and [football players] are able to come back and compete and play. And if they can do it at that level, I hope I can do it in golf."

A 14-time major champion, Woods has won the Masters four times. However, he said he won't rush his rehabilitation and will remain cautions, especially with rotating the knee, adding that it will take two years for his knee ligament to fully heal.

"You have to let the ligament heal. It has to get more taut. I don't want to stretch it out. I don't want to have it go back to where it was," Woods said.

Tiger Woods returns to Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods made a return to the South Course at Torrey Pines — site of his most recent U.S. Open victory — on Monday, but the world No. 1-ranked player wasn't there to play golf.

Instead, Woods was there to caddie for John Abel. The 59 year old from West Berlin, N.J., was the winner of the "Tee Off with Tiger" online sweepstakes, sponsored by Buick.

According to the Associated Press, Woods walked without a limp and showed no signs of his season-ending surgery. However, he did caddie for Abel while riding in a cart.

"It was fun," Woods told AP. "This was totally cool. I've caddied before many times. For me to be out here and to be able to do it again, it's always fun. John's a good guy. It was a fun day for me."

Camilo Villegas considers playing European Tour

Following his impressive finish in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs that helped him climb to No. 7 in the world rankings, Camilo Villegas said Wednesday that he's considering playing the 12 events necessary to qualify as a European Tour player in 2009.

Playing in the Castello Masters this week in Spain, Villegas told Reuters that the European Tour would be a good way to reach a global stage. Plus, Villegas would only need to play five additional European Tour events for the 12-tournament minimum.

Villegas finished second to Vijay Singh in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He flourished at the finish, winning the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship.

Davis Love III climbs into top 125

After tying for sixth place in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, Davis Love III climbed eight spots to No. 125 on the PGA Tour season money list. Love is playing the Fall Series in hopes of staying in the top 125 and keeping his exempt status for 2009.

Love now has two top-10 finishes in his last three events, also tying for sixth at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Those two finishes have accounted for more than half of his season earnings.

The player making the most movement up the money list was Marc Turnesa, who won last week's event in Las Vegas. The victory vaulted him 63 spots from No. 138 to No. 75.

October 22, 2008

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  • tigers return

    billie walklett wrote on: Mar 12, 2010

    It was very enjoyable watching golf
    since Tiger is not playing.It has given me a chance to see the young players who More »

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