I might not play again until February, which would be the longest break Ive ever had in golf, he said. In some ways Im looking forward to it. The more time I take off, the better my knee will be.
Woods underwent the surgery last week in Park City, Utah, to remove fluid around ligaments in his left knee and to remove a benign cyst. He had a benign tumor removed from the same knee in 1994, though he stated there was no correlation.
It is possible his first event of the 2003 season would be the Buick Invitational, Feb. 13-16.
The worlds No. 1 ranked player said he has spent time recovering on his back, and its driving me crazy. He will begin his rehabilitation by the end of the week with swimming, bike riding and light strengthening.
Woods also talked about the Skins Game incident where his caddie, Steve Williams, threw a spectators camera in a pond when he snapped a photo while Woods was trying to play a bunker shot on the final hole.
Stevie and I were both hot. Stevie realizes he overreacted, but the bottom line is no cameras were allowed and the guy shouldnt have been inside the ropes, said Woods, who added he expects to be fined by the PGA Tour.
Tiger also responded to criticism he received from Sports Illustrated for not talking to NBC after the final round of his own Target World Challenge.
Either the writer was misinformed or needs to check his facts, Woods said. The truth is, I signed my scorecard, I hung around for the NBC interview with Mark Rolfing, but the telecast had already gone off the air.
NBC interviewed Padraig Harrington after he held off Woods to win the event. They then said Tiger had declined to be interviewed.
As for his personal life, Woods said he finished all his Christmas shopping at a Florida mall prior to his surgery.
I do it very efficiently ' no wasted movement ' and Im very focused, he acknowledged.