Tiger It Will Be Close to a Hundred Percent


2008 U.S. OpenBLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Tiger Woods has started playing some holes, taking another step in his comeback from knee surgery.
With the U.S. Open just a week away, Woods is not worried about how he and his left leg will fare.
Hopefully, it will be close to a hundred percent, Woods said Monday. But if its not, no big deal.
The worlds No. 1 golfer had surgery on his left knee April 15 and plans to end his layoff June 12-15 at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
Ive been practicing quite a bit, he said. Ive just started to play some holes. Ive been kind of slowly building up towards that. Im not trying to take it too hard. My practice sessions have increased.
Everythings been holding up well, which is a good sign.
Woods said he will start playing 18-plus holes to prepare to compete, adding he would play next week even if it wasnt a major.
I really do miss being in that competitive environment, he said.
Woods also had a two-month layoff before the U.S. Open in 2006, coping with the death of his father. He missed the cut at Winged Foot'the only time he has failed get past the first two rounds at a major.
In 2002, he had surgery on the same knee and returned to win his next event, the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines.
Woods expects to play again toward the end of the month at the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, putting him 30 miles away from Oakland Hills, where of the PGA Championship will be in two months.
As far as playing a practice round, thats not a bad idea, Woods said on a videoconference to promote the last major of the year. I havent looked at doing that, but now that you mention it, its not a bad idea.
But dont get any ideas, he added. Dont come out there and have all the crews out there following me.
Woods doesnt mind when his daughter, Sam, follows him even if she hits him with a club as she did recently.
The only thing she yells out is Da Da. Thats about it, he said with a smile. We have a little cut-down club she will drag around. She likes throwing balls at Taz, my border collie. Its kind of funny to see a 11-month-old and my border collie play fetch.
Thats pretty funny to watch, but its actually one of the coolest things.
Watching golf, however, has not been a regular part of Woods rehabilitation.
I made kind of a pact to myself a long time ago that I wouldnt watch unless some of my friends were playing in contention, he said. Thats kind of something that helps me get away from the game a little bit.
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