Tiger Woods hopes to return to competitive golf, says future is uncertain

Friday, 29 Sep, 2017

"Yeah, definitely. That's going to take time to figure out what my capabilities are going forward - and there's no rush", the American said when asked if not returning to competitive golf was a possibility.

Jack Nicklaus' 18 major championships is a milestone Tiger Woods may never reach.

Already this year, the PGA of America played its Senior PGA Championship at Trump National outside the nation's capital, and the U.S. Golf Association held the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president spends many weekends. These pre-match days at team events are full of sponsor marketing, brand activations that pay the bills, and mostly over-serious fluff with minimal utility. "It's nice to be out here with some great assistant captains and our captain". And, well, a bit has happened in the intervening months since his last competitive round in Dubai in early February. He gets to hang around with the guys as one of Steve Stricker's assistant captains.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan called it "a remarkably cool aspect" to this year's Presidents Cup. And it's time that, you know, we would help each other.

Jordan Spieth will lead a stacked U.S. team at the Presidents Cup in New Jersey. "There's a presence when you're around him, you can feel like something's in the air and it's just cool to be a part of that". Those same players are stoked to have him back this week.

This year's Presidents Cup also will live up to its name. Occasionally, someone would lob a question to the other side of the dais and the worldwide quartet of Mike Weir, Geoff Ogilvy, Tony Johnstone, and Ernie Els.

Most unusual about his career is what he hasn't done. He is hitting wedges up to 60 yards, but that's as far as he said his doctors will allow him to go. "It's a joke, smile, okay?" - but the timetable for his return depends on his surgeon's recommendations. He's happy to be out back among "the guys". I'm still training. I'm getting stronger.

It was clear from the generous crowds that attended Wednesday's practice day that the underdogs will not be without a substantial level of support in NY this week. He has earned just over $83 million, second only to Tiger Woods.

"I've been out of the game for a while", Woods said. "We were going to do what we always do", he said, "and that's take off our hat and put our hands across our chest and over our heart and respect the flag". That made Woods smile, only because he doesn't know what 100 percent means anymore with all his injuries.

"The good news is the guys who haven't been here, they haven't felt that (losing) as well". And so did his most noteworthy line.

But there was one more question that snuck in under the wire. "The bouncing just hurt too much", Woods said.

Let's work our way up the standings to get to know the 12 players who will tee it up for captain Nick Price this weekend at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey.

"When you're speaking to somebody, they say, "Oh, so you're playing on the European Tour but what are you doing on the side?'".

Tiger Woods is back from his fourth surgery and will be an assistant captain on the US team.

The first two words were a notable, record-scratching answer, to be sure.