Uncertainty’s been the theme of Tiger Woods’ life for 18 months now, and it was the theme in his news conference today at the AT&T National media day.
Woods told us he’s been in a boot and on crutches since withdrawing from The Players Championship. He said he’s looking at beginning to strengthen his injured knee and Achilles sometime next week, but he isn’t sure when he will begin hitting balls again.
While he calls playing next week’s Memorial “doubtful,” it seems more likely he wanted to break the news to Jack Nicklaus before making a public announcement. While he sounds determined to play the U.S. Open, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility he won’t be ready for year’s second major. It's just three weeks away.
There’s uncertainty over Woods’ injuries, over his schedule, over grooving his new swing with practice time impaired, over his putting stroke for the same reason. There’s got to be uncertainties in his head and heart with the level of his play as erratic as we’ve ever seen it.
Woods’ confidence, his certainty that his way was the right way because it led to so many remarkable victories, likely needs as much rehab as his leg. He needs time, time to heal, time to rebuild his confidence. At 35, time’s still on his side, though injury can make the clock tick so much faster.