BETHESDA, Md. – Speaking before his AT&T National on Wednesday afternoon, Tiger Woods revealed his reasoning behind sitting out with a tender elbow.
“There's a difference between being hurt and being injured,” he explained. “It's a delicate balance. I know what it's like to play both, unfortunately. You can play hurt, but playing injured, it can sideline you for a while. I've gone through that. I've tried to come back when I was still injured, and I've cost myself a number of months where I haven't been able to compete and play out here and do the thing I love to do, which is play against these guys out here.”
Woods maintained that his decision was equal part physical pain and precautionary measure.
“It's both,” he said. “I pushed it pretty good at the [U.S.] Open to play it and to play through it. Made it worse by hitting the ball out of the rough and eventually got to a point where I wasn't able to play here. I listened to my docs and not touching a club. We're treating it, and eventually I'll start the strengthening process of it. Then start hitting balls to get up to speed for the British.”
The 14-time major champion was asked if he would be 100 percent for next month’s major at Muirfield, but would say only that he’d be “good enough.”
“In a perfect world, I'm dancing right now and doing 360 dunks and doing whatever I want, but that's not going to happen,' Woods said. 'I would like to be 100 percent, but I don't know, and it depends on how the body heals. We'll see how it goes.”
“I wouldn't necessarily say regret,” he said when asked if he shouldn’t have played that week. “I wish I would have played better so I didn't have so many shots I had to hit.”