No quick come­back for Tiger

GOLF

Shanghai Daily - - SPORTS -

TIGER Woods is no longer us­ing crutches, a walk­ing boot or a ra­zor. He hasn’t hit a full golf shot in 47 days and has no idea when he will prac­tice, much less play in an­other tour­na­ment.

All he could say with cer­tainty on Tues­day was that he would not re­turn un­til he was fully healthy.

“Usu­ally I set a timetable when I want to come back and play when I’ve had in­juries be­fore,” Woods said at the AT&T Na­tional, which ben­e­fits his foun­da­tion. “This one is dif­fer­ent. I’m go­ing to learn my les­son from what I did at The Play­ers and ap­ply it this time and come back when I’m 100 per­cent. I don’t know when that’s go­ing to be.

“That’s kind of the frus­trat­ing thing about it right now is I don’t know.”

While he did not rule out the Bri­tish Open, which starts on July 14 at Royal St. Ge­orge’s, he made it sound as though he would miss an­other ma­jor cham­pi­onship.

“I wouldn’t go over there just to show up,” he said. “I’d go over there to win the golf tour­na­ment, so I need to ob­vi­ously get my body ready so I can prac­tice, and even­tu­ally play.”

Woods has gone through four knee surg­eries since his fresh­man year at Stan­ford. He tore knee lig­a­ments while jog­ging in the sum­mer of 2007, and fin­ished the year win­ning five of six tour­na­ments, in­clud­ing a ma­jor. He won the US Open in 2008 for his 14th ma­jor on one good leg. And af­ter in­jur­ing his right Achilles in De­cem­ber 2008, he won seven times the next sea­son.

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