Although Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw from the AT&T National, the event that benefits his foundation, he’s still been on hand this week at Congressional Country Club playing host duties.
Woods, who appeared more forthcoming about his elbow injury, pushed it “pretty good” the other week during the U.S. Open and wouldn’t go as far to say he would be completely healed in time for the Open Championship at Muirfield in three weeks, according to multiple reports.
“One hundred percent? Eh,” Woods said. “How about GED — good enough.”
He played through the pain at Merion, but heeded the advice of the doctors to rest it in between the Opens.
“Made it worse by hitting the ball out of the rough, and eventually got to the point where I wasn’t able to play here,” said Tiger. “Listening to my docs and not touching a club. We’re treating it, and eventually I’ll start the strengthening process of it, and then start hitting balls and get it up to speed for the British.”
While his elbow is getting some needed R&R, Woods feels pained sitting out of his own event, especially since he’s the defending champion.
“This is a very important week,” Woods said. “It’s disappointing not being able to play. On top of that, I am — or, was — defending, and it looks like the golf course is in fantastic shape. It’s green, it’s lush, it’s thick. . . . It’s going to present a hell of a test for the guys, and I’ll be watching.”
As he disclosed briefly at the U.S. Open, he sustained the injury the week of The Players Championship, but he kept on trekking and went on to win the event.