Wednesday, May 25, 2011


The first question fired at Tiger Woods at a news conference in Irving, Texas, promoting the AT and T National, which Woods hosts, predictably was about the left knee sprain and Achilles’ tendon strain that have limited Woods to nine holes since the Masters. 
Woods said his doctors have said his leg should be healthy enough for him to play in the June 16-19 U.S. Open at Congressional. But he said it’s doubtful he’ll play in Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, which he has won four times.
Woods said he has been on crutches to take pressure off of his knee and back and that his foot has been in a boot as part of Achilles treatment. He said his rehabilitation also includes icing, ultrasound and soft-tissue work and that he hopes to start strength training next week. 
He sounded upbeat, saying, “It’s been great” and that his leg should be “pretty good” over the next 15 years.
He hardly sounded like a player whom some observers have speculated might be “done.”
“It's certainly not the doomsday that some of the press members are writing about,” Woods said. “I was certainly a lot more concerned back in ’08, end of ’07, finishing out the year in ’07 with my ACL already ruptured and then dealing with the wrath of the Masters that year to clean up the cartilage because I was playing on it still.”
Though he has been sidelined, he clearly hasn’t lost sight of Nicklaus’ record of 18 major-championship titles. 
“I still have plenty of time, and I feel that going forward I’m excited about playing major championships and playing golf again,” said Woods, stuck on 14 majors since June 2008. “I just want to be healthy and solid, and I feel like I can give it a go.”



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