Admitting he may have returned to golf too soon with his May 12, nine-hole pullout in The Players Championship, Tiger Woods said Tuesday that he should be ready for the US Open at Congressional next month in Bethesda, Md.
Woods wore a protective boot and leaned on crutches as he addressed a press conference promoting the AT&T National tournament on June 30, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. With the Open coming up June 16, Woods has 23 more days to rehab the sprained left knee and Achilles and back stiffness that forced his withdrawal.
“I’m going to do everything I can,” Woods told reporters, adding that surgery is not called for. “All my docs say I should be ready to go by then.”
The Open will mark the three-year anniversary of his 14th and last major championship. He came off arthroscopic knee surgery for that win at Torrey Pines, having missed the Masters.
So he said he is not unfamiliar with entering a major cold.
“The good news is I’ve done this before,” said Woods, whose fall to a No. 12 ranking is his lowest since the week before he won his first major at the 1997 Masters. “In ‘08, it was really tough to have to shut it down for six months. That’s kind of where I’ve been at mentally, is just trying to prepare myself.”
Woods said he expects to start training by the end of next week. That will determine whether he can start hitting balls again.