Tiger Woods said Monday he hopes to make his comeback from injury at next month’s Quicken Loans National — but highlighted his tough road to recovery by hitting three shots into the water before watching journalists.
His Tiger Woods Foundation helps host the tournament, which this year takes place at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland from June 23-26, the week following the US Open.
Woods, who has not played since undergoing two separate surgical procedures late last year, stressed that while he hoped to play at Congressional, his comeback would be contingent on his fitness.
“Health? I feel good. Thank you. My kids are sick, but I’m good,” Woods quipped to reporters at the event’s media day.
“On a serious note, I have been practicing at home. I’m progressing nicely. I’m hoping to play (the Quicken Loans). I don’t know that I’m going to play. That’s the overriding question I keep hearing: ‘When are you coming back? When are you playing?’ I get it all the time. If I knew, I’d tell you. It’d be nice to know I’m going to play on such and such a date, but I don’t know.”
In a telling indicator of how far the world number one’s game has slipped, he practiced a series of tee shots on the famous par-three 10th.
Three of his efforts plunked into the water surrounding the green.
Woods revealed he has needed to adapt his practice routines as he attempts to inch his way back to health after dominating men’s golf for over a decade.
“I’m one of those guys who used to hit a lot of golf balls, used to sometimes practice 8-10-12 hours a day,” the 14-time major champion said.