Tiger Woods has spent a total of 683 weeks as the number one golfer in the world, but at the moment he’s 400th. The 14-time major champion had a press conference Tuesday, his first since undergoing another surgery on his back in the off-season. Woods answered questions about his health and his future, but his reponses were not ones that his fans will be happy with. Tiger said there is no timetable.
Woods underwent his third microdiscectomy surgery last month, and admitted that right now he can’t even bend over to pick up a ball. Turning 40 in less than a month, Tiger was asked if he’d be surprised if a year from now he still hadn’t returned, and said he didn’t know.
He had microdiscectomy surgery on his back on March 31, 2014, for a pinched nerve and was limited to playing just seven events that year. He returned this year and played 11 events, lastly the Wyndham Championship in August where he tied for 10th. Woods said his last time swinging a golf club was about two months ago.
One thing Woods emphasized was trying to get better and spend time with family. Playing sports with his family would be a step in the right direction, he said.
Through the 40 minute press conference, Woods said he still has the work ethic and drive to keep playing, but did state that everything from here on in “will be gravy.” His 14 majors is second only to Jack Nicklaus’ 18, and 79 wins is second only to Sam Snead’s 82.