SAN DIEGO -- About all we know at this point, relative to the short-term future of Tiger Woods, is that he plans to play on the European Tour the week after next.
As for predicting the track of his performances, your guess is as good as his.
"I have some work to do," Woods said. "There's no doubt about that. I have a week to get ready."
Even after a two-month layoff, Woods was a big disappointment at the Farmers Insurance Open, played at a site where he had never remotely struggled as much as he did this week.
Woods on Sunday recorded his second-worst score in 47 PGA Tour rounds at the South course Torrey Pines, finishing with a whimper and a 3-over 75 to finish T44, easily his worst finish in 12 regular-tour starts at the famed public venue he first played in elementary school.
Including the U.S. Open, Woods had won five straight starts at Torrey Pines and seven of his last eight. He had only once finished outside the top five and never worse than 10th.
But he posted his worst consecutive scores since his disaster last year at the Bridgestone Invitational, when he finished a career-worst second-to-last. Woods finished with rounds of 74-75 on the South. Only once in his career had he finished above par in regular-tour starts at Torrey.
Just as he has over the past few months, Woods was alternately good and bad, this time in the same round. Outside of his long irons, he wasn't sharp in any facet of the game this week in his 2011 season opener.
"I hit it as pure as I could starting out and got nothing out of it," Woods said. "As the round went on, I got progressively worse with my golf swing."
His next appearance is set for the Dubai Desert Classic in two weeks, where he will receive an appearance fee reported to be as high as $3 million.
See if this sounds at all familiar, if not a shade unnerving given what happened here this week: Woods has never finished worse than fifth in Dubai.
Beyond that, Woods is expected to play the Accenture Match Play at the end of February outside Tucson, but he has not committed. What's next?
"The future," he cracked.
One that looks as uncertain as ever on the golf course.