Tiger Woods addressed the media today in Bethesda, Maryland about how his rehab is going and when he plans to return to the PGA Tour.
Woods who was at Congressional Country Club where he will host his 2nd Annual AT&T National PGA tournament said his rehab was on schedule for a return at the 2008 US Open June 12-15 at Torrey Pines Country Club in San Diego, CA.
“The knee’s doing better,” said Woods, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 15. “The rehab is boring. It gets really old riding that bike, man. But everything’s on schedule. Just been training and trying to get this thing organized for the Open, and it’s right on schedule for that.”
Woods was on schedule to possibly play at this weeks Memorial Tournament which he’s won 3 times in 1999, 2000 and 2001, but decided it was just too soon. “I wasn’t ready,” Woods said. “I started my practice basically just recently. So going to Memorial that rusty, it wouldn’t have made any sense. I wasn’t sharp enough. I didn’t hit all my shots I needed to hit yet at home and make sure everything is organized. … The whole idea is to be ready for the U.S. Open.”
Tiger said his current problem with his left knee which he had surgery on once before back in 2002 was mainly due to stiffness in the knee and that he had actually planned to have another surgery on it about three weeks before this year’s Masters. Tiger went on to say, “I couldn’t function anymore with what I was doing. “Not a fun way to play, moving around.”
With Tiger not having played in around two months will the Vegas odds makers still have Tiger as this year’s US Open favorite? I think so. It probably won’t be nearly as far as a gap between him and guys like Phil Mickelson, but I can assure you that if Tiger didn’t pick up a club for a year he’d still be the favorite. The guy has around a 25% winning percentage. That in itself is just plain sick. Most guys would love to win 5 tournaments in their career. Hell 1 major win and 10 tournament wins puts most guys in “Hall of Fame” discussions… so 13 Majors, 64 career PGA Tour Wins, 24 other World-wide Wins and a career winning percentage of over 25%… he’s got my vote and no injury, marriage, death or anything else will change that.
Although on a personal note I sure wouldn’t mind seeing Phil or a guy like Zach Johnson win it.
Here’s video of today’s press conference.