On a day when he was demoted to number two in the Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR), Tiger Woods visited with Morning Drive for an interview on the Golf Channel to talk about his tournament at Congressional and his future. Tiger was in Bethesda promoting his Quicken Loans National which will be played June 26th thru the 29th.
The big question on everyone’s mind was of course, his possible return to competition. Tiger hasn’t played since posting a 78 in the final round at The WGC-Cadillac on March 9th, and has only played three times during the 2014 PGA Tour season. He had microdiscectomy surgery March 31 to alleviate pain caused by a pinched nerve.
“(I’m) still rehabbing,” Woods said. “It’s not a lot of fun, I can tell you that. It’s a lot of tedious exercises that I have to do. At least I still get to chip and putt, which is nice. That’s progressing, I have my feel for that. I still haven’t hit any full shots.”
Tiger Woods missed the first Masters in his career back in April, and is very questionable for the US Open next month at Pinehurst. He said his return is totally in the hands of his doctors. He has been doing some putting, and hitting chip shots, but has not hit any full shots.
When asked about a return at Congressional, or possibly Pinehurst, he said:
“I’d love to play, but I just don’t know,” Woods said about the Quicken Loans National, which he won in 2009 and 2012. “There’s no date, … just focusing on trying to get stronger and come back.”
Tiger finished T3 (1999) and second (2005) in the previous two U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2. This year’s U.S. Open will be held June 12-15 at the North Carolina resort.
With Tiger Woods being absent from competition, Adam Scott became the new number one player on Monday. This is Scott’s first visit to this plateau, and he will take his new ranking to Ft. Worth for this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club. The only Texas stop he has not yet won.
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