Woods says he was close to playing the Greenbrier Classic


AKRON, Ohio – One of the more interesting items to emerge from Tiger Woods’ 35-minute press conference on Tuesday at Firestone was news that he was within 48 hours of making his return from the “DL” at last week’s Greenbrier Classic.

Woods has never played the second-year event, but said he was “borderline” last week until his doctors advised him on Wednesday (July 20), two days before the deadline to enter, that it would be best to give his ailing left knee and Achilles’ tendon an extra week to heal.

Woods, who has not played a full season on Tour since 2009 and is not one to add events to his normal rotation, said he “listened to doctors.” He’s missed the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational just once since 1999, has won the event seven times and likely views the limited-field, no-cut event as the perfect tune-up for next week’s PGA Championship.