Tiger Woods was incredibly cryptic when leaving Congressional Country Club on Monday afternoon. He insinuated retirement and basically talked his way all the way around returning the entire day. Maybe Michael Jordan was right when he talked to Wright Thompson of ESPN about all of this.

"I think he's tired," Jordan told ESPN. "I think he really wishes he could retire, but he doesn't know how to do it yet, and I don't think he wants to leave it where it is right now."

Another old pal of Tiger's weighed in on Tuesday on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. Hank Haney spoke about Woods' ghastly dumping of three wedges into the water from 100 yards away.

"It just looks to me like it's going to be a while and maybe next year because there's nothing that we're hearing that tells us that Tiger is anywhere near ready to come back," said Haney. "The chance that he has to play great is better if he starts off next year and really gives himself plenty of time to just heal, to get his game going, and then take a run at it next year if he's ready to do that."

I agree with this. Woods' foundation is helping host the tournament at Riviera in February 2017. Why not lay low until then? That would be the perfect place for a return.

"I don't doubt that there's time to still see greatness," added Haney. "I have a hard time believing that we won't still see greatness. But I don't think we're going to see that greatness this year because I think the clock is ticking and it has ticked its way down where this year because this is a tough schedule with everything packed in with the Olympics and everything. I don't think it's going to happen this year."

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