Of the 19 questions he was asked following his second-round 74, which dropped him into a tie for 29th, seven were about his knee and his rehabilitation process.
Although he’s been relatively cryptic when talking about the surgery and subsequent comeback, Woods did offer some telling insight on Friday: “They obviously don’t want me playing basketball, so I guess it’s not quite that good yet,” he said. “When I came back the main goal was to protect it.”
This dovetails with Jack Nicklaus’ assessment of Woods' swing earlier this week: “If you look at his golf swing, I don't think he moves out of the way of the ball like he used to. I think that's probably protective, and it's probably a good move on his part. That's probably on purpose. He's probably adjusted his swing to fit that.”
For the record, his “protect” swing produced again on Friday. He’s hit 25 of 28 fairways in two days and 24 of 36 greens. Now, if only he could get his shortest swing (putting) to work he may be able to turn things around on the weekend.