While the golf world might be missing Tiger Woods, it seems his prolonged absence from the game is even harder for Tiger himself. The world's most famous golfer hasn't played competitively this year, already missing The Masters and his U.S. Open future very much in doubt.
"I want to play," Woods said Monday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. "Now whether I can or do is a different story."
Woods talked to the media and even took a few swings on the famed 10th hole at Congressional as part of a press conference for the Quicken Loans National, the June tournament that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Recovering from back surgery, Woods did not look like the player with 14 career major tournament wins as he took part if a charitable par 3 shot. Woods put two of his three balls into the water from only about 120 yards out.
"I have been practicing at home. I'm progressing nicely," Woods said. "I'm hoping to play, I don’t know if I'm going to play."
The uncertainty seemed to hang on Woods, and he repeatedly called it "frustrating." It also seemed to irk Woods that some in the golf world believe he is finished with competitive play.
"I'm not fertilizer," Woods said. "People have written me off."
The former world No. 1 said he still considers Jack Nicklaus' major record "attainable."
"That's the hard part - I don’t know. My doctors don’t know," Woods said of his future this year. "I just need to keep progressing, keep getting stronger."
The Quicken Loans National will run June 23 to June 26 at Congressional, and Woods is proud of how much the tournament does to honor the military. Woods also said the long-term future of the tournament is to stay in the D.C. area between Congressional, RTJ in Manasas and TPC Potomac.
Other players announced to participate in the tournament include Patrick Reed and Bill Haas along with Rickie Fowler.