Jersey City - Tiger
Woods, still battling back from back surgery in April, said on Wednesday
he has "no idea what my future holds" even as he strives for a return to
The 14-time major champion admitted that
earlier this year he wasn't even sure he'd be able to fulfil his role as
a captain's assistant on the US team at this week's Presidents Cup.
didn't know if I was going to be able to be here, because I couldn't
ride in a cart. The bouncing hurt too much," said 41-year-old Woods, who
fielded numerous questions about his rehab and his future at a press
conference of the assistant captains for the match play showdown between
the United States and an International team.
"That's all gone
now, which is fantastic," added Woods, who said last week his doctors
had cleared him to begin swinging a cub again.
But it's still a far cry from preparing for a return to competition - something Woods said is "definitely" far from certain.
things first," Woods said. "Get my health organized, make sure the pain
goes away. Then (I'm) just waiting for what my surgeon says.
still training, I'm getting stronger. But I certainly don't have my
golf muscles trained because obviously I'm not doing anything golf
Woods last played in a tournament at the Dubai Desert Classic in January - withdrawing with back spasms.
was arrested for driving under the influence near his home in Florida
in May. Toxicology reports revealed he had a variety of prescription
drugs in his system at the time.
Woods said he welcomed the chance
to serve as an assistant to US captain Steve Stricker, alongside fellow
assistants Fred Couples, Davis Love and Jim Furyk - and to lend a hand
where possible to young players like Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
He played a similar role at the Ryder Cup last year.
enjoy being out here with the guys," Woods, a 79-time winner on the PGA Tour.
"It's nice to be out here with some great assistant captains
and our captain. I've played Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup matches with
all of them, and to be out with these young guys - we're going to have a
lot of fun this week."
As for his own progress, Woods said, it remains a matter of wait and see.
"The pain's gone, but I don't know what my golfing body is going to be like, because I haven't hit a golf shot yet," he said.
that's going to take time to figure that out and to figure out what my
capabilities are going forward - and there's no rush."