Tiger Woods 'a Few Weeks' From Returning

Caddie Steve Williams says Tiger will return mentally stronger.

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Just days after winning the U.S. Open in a remarkable playoff last June, when Tiger Woods grimaced and grunted in pain during every swing, the world's No. 1 player announced he would undergo reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament and would need time off for rehabilitation. Let's be honest: The PGA tour has been pretty boring since then. Poor attendance for Tour events and a drop in TV ratings are proof of that.

A major comeback could be on the horizon, however. Caddie Steve Williams told Television New Zealand that Woods is "a few weeks" away from a return to the PGA Tour and could decide in the next few days where that return will happen. Williams also said that Tiger will come back to the tour mentally stronger.

"It's going to be anytime—shortly," Williams said. "He's probably 95 percent of the way there. He was waiting for the birth of his second child, which just came last week, so he's ready to go. He just needs a little bit more walking. He hasn't been able to walk too well," he added. Williams noted that Woods has been doing six hours of rehab a day on his knee.

Woods could make his comeback at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson, Ariz., on February 25. If and when a return happens, there will be a collective sigh of relief from fans and sponsors alike.

Over the weekend, Woods's wife, Elin, gave birth to a boy, Charlie Axel. It's the second child for the couple; their daughter, Sam, was born in 2007.

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