I think we all have this thing in our heads that Tiger Woods is for sure going to play the British Open or at least for sure going to be back at some point in the 2013-14 PGA Tour season.
If you watched his press conference from Congressional on Monday, though, I just ... I don't know, guys.
He sounded tired.
"This has been a different procedure than I've had in the past," he said. "Certainly a lot more tedious, I think, with the workouts and the little things you have to do, little minutia things you have to do on a daily basis."
He sounded exasperated.
"There really is no timetable," he said. "I think that's been kind of the realization to all of this is that there's no date. It's just take it on a daily basis. It's not going to be up to me whether I play or not, it's going to be up to my docs."
He sounded sad.
"I miss the game," he said. "Forget about competing at the highest levels, I just miss being out there and just being around the golf course."
He also, at the very end, sounded hopeful.
"One of the things is I would like to, as all athletes, go out on my own terms," he said. "That's what ultimately I want to continue playing at the elite level for as long as I deem I want to do it. For some guys that's in their 60s and 70s, other guys it's in their 40s and 50s. But prior to the surgery, I didn't think I would have much of a playing career if I felt like this because as I said, I couldn't get out of bed.
"But now that I've had the procedure, I'm excited about what the prospects hold, that I'm able to feel this way, and if that's the case, then I'm excited about my career. I'm able to do what I want to do for as long as I want to."
Part of me thinks, based on how he looked and what he was saying, that he's going to shut it down for the rest of the season. That's conjecture, of course, but what isn't at this point?
Either way, it will be fascinating in 10 years to see how we look back on this surgery. Will it be the beginning of the end? Tiger might never win again, you know.
Or will it be his late-career transformation? The catalyst he needs to regain the artist he was at a younger age?
Only time will tell.
And it keeps ticking.