The good news is that Tiger Woods didn't inflict any more structural damage to his chronic left knee last week, but on the downside, he needs more rest and therapy before he'll be back on the PGA Tour, leaving his next appearance up in the air.
Woods announced on his website Monday that while he aggravated injuries to his knee and Achilles tendon at the Players Championship last Thursday, where he withdrew after nine holes, he didn't make it worse.
It's looking doubtful that he will play a tune-up before the U.S. Open next month, his website said. Woods said doctors again have recommended rest, cold-water therapy and soft-tissue treatment and that there's no clock on when he can come back and play.
"Aggravating my injury is very disappointing," Woods said. "I'll do whatever is necessary to play in the U.S. Open, and I'm hopeful I can be there to compete."
That might include ... doing absolutely nothing.
The website said Woods would "likely" play in the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club outside Washington, D.C., on June 16-19. It also characterized the chances as slim that Woods will play at the Memorial Tournament later this month, one of his traditional stops. Woods indicated it's a week-to-week process of evaluating his medical status.
The former world No. 1 hurt his left knee on his first swing of the day in the opening round at TPC Sawgrass and limped to a 6-over 42 before leaving after nine holes.
He originally suffered what was called a mild, Grade-1 medial-collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon while playing in the final round of the Masters.