While Tiger Woods fully expects to be back on the PGA Tour in 2009, the world No. 1-ranked player says the exact date of his return remains unknown.
Woods, who won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in his last event before having season-ending knee surgery on June 24, said Sunday that he's doing well with his recovery. Surgeons took a tendon from Woods' right leg and used it to help repair his left knee, which Woods said has bothered him for much of his professional career.
With his fans eagerly awaiting his return to competition, Woods said he has more immediate concerns right now.
"I just hope I can get up out of bed and go to the bathroom - little things like that are a challenge," Woods told reporters Sunday during a telephone interview as he kept tabs from afar on the AT&T National — a tournament he was hosting at Congressional Country Club. "So for me, to think about playing golf, that's so far away. I'm just looking forward to actually walking again and putting weight on this leg for the first time. That's actually a ways off."
Woods said he's unsure when he'll be back on the course again.
"I don't know how my body is going to heal from this and when I can return and start rotating on it and start moving the leg a little bit," Woods said. "And then from there, obviously you have your practice sessions, your prep and then obviously ultimately playing in tournaments, so I don't know how that's going to be."
Although Woods said he'd obviously prefer to be healthy and preparing to play in the British Open and PGA Championship, there are some benefits. For one, he said he gets to be around his family more and watch his young daughter, Sam, grow and develop.
Woods said it was disappointing for him not to be in Bethesda, Md., to play in and host his tournament. However, he said air travel caused too much swelling in his knee and his doctors had advised him to stay home.
"It's my tournament and I want to be there," Woods said. "I feel bad that I can't be there to support AT&T and what everyone has done, everybody at Congressional and all of the military personnel and all of the volunteers and all of the people that made it a special event."
Looking back, Woods said he still doesn't know how he was able to pull off the victory in the U.S. Open while playing on an injured knee and two stress fractures. He even had to go extra holes, finally defeating Rocco Mediate in a Monday playoff.
Woods said he was especially surprised with his performance because he had so little preparation. Leading up to the U.S. Open, he said he could typically hit about four or five balls, but then would have to sit down before hitting four or five more balls and calling it a day.
"That's how I got ready for the Open, but at least I was going to a golf course I knew and a golf course I felt comfortable on," Woods said. "I knew all of the breaks on the greens. I just needed to get to the green."
July 9, 2008
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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