Tiger Woods working his way back into golf shape

Tiger Woods working his way back into golf shape
May 19, 2014, 11:45 am
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While golf fans around the Nation's Capital wait to hear if Tiger Woods will play in his annual tournament held this year at Congressional Country Club, the world's most famous golfer is honing his video game skills. Woods underwent microdiscectomy surgery March 31 to relive back pain and has not played competitive golf since. 

"I am damn good at video games," Woods said, explaining how he spends some of his time while rehabbing from surgery. 

The Quicken Loans National, formerly the AT&T National and most commonly known as the "Tiger Tournament" will take place the last weekend in June at Congressional. By most accounts Woods remains a long-shot to play in the tournament, especially after stating his golf game is currently limited to just chipping and putting. 

"I miss the game. Forget about competing at the highest levels, I miss being around the golf course," Woods said during a press conference. 

Even if Woods is forced to sit out his namesake tournament, there will be plenty of talent on the course. Defending champion Bill Haas will return to Congressional, and a host of other talented golfers: K.J. Choi, 2013 U.S. Open champ Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, and Brandt Snedeker. 20-year-old phenom Jordan Spieth will also be in the field, a player that has drawn some comparisons to a young Woods.

"I think he can be great. He's got plenty of power, confidence, and you can see how well he's been playing," Woods said of Spieth. "I'm a big believer in what he can do in the game. He's only 20, just give him time."

A bigger question for Woods will be if he can play in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Woods said he wants to play, but could give no timetable for his return. 

"I  want to play today, but that's just not going to happen."