Tiger Woods 'hoping to play' at Quicken Loans National after U.S. Open

Tiger Woods' return may be coming soon. Or it might not. Tiger's update on Monday did not sound much different than any other Tiger update we've had in the last few months. Woods addressed when his 2016 return might come as he spoke with the media at Congressional Country Club in Maryland on Monday.

Woods attended Quicken Loans National media day on behalf of the Tiger Woods Foundation, which helps host the tournament.

"Health? I feel good. Thank you. My kids are sick, but I'm good," Woods joked.

"On a serious note, I have been practicing at home. I'm progressing nicely. I'm hoping to play [the Quicken Loans National]. I don't know that I'm going to play. That's the overriding question I keep hearing: 'When are you coming back? When are you playing? ' I get it all the time. If I knew, I'd tell you. It'd would be fun to know. It'd be nice to know I'm going to play on such and such a date, but I don't know."

He continued: "I'm trying to get stronger, more pliable. I'm hitting the ball better. Everything about my game is coming around. Now it's just a matter of being consistent with it. Not only at home with the boys at Medalist and trying to take their cash but coming out here and doing it against the best players in the world is a completely different deal."

Woods' appearance in the actual tournament, which takes place the week after the 2016 U.S. Open, would be his first since nearly winning the Wyndham Championship last August. In his last three appearances at the Quicken Loans National, Woods has finished T18, missed cut, win.

"The plan is to get well," said Woods. "Whether that's next week or a year from now, I don't know. That's the hard part, me telling you I don't know. My doctors don't know. I don't know. ... I have to keep progressing and getting stronger, which I am, and that's the good part."

Even though he's "progressing," Woods said he just cannot practice like he used to.

"I'm one of those guys who used to hit a lot of golf balls, used to sometimes practice 8-10-12 hours a day," said Woods. "That won't happen again. I won't be running 5-6 miles a day like I used to. That's not happening, either. ... My practices are much more focused because they have to be. I have to be committed on every shot because I can't hit 500 golf balls in a row. I have to get a lot out of it in a short span of time."

The media session ended with a less-than-subtle hint that maybe Woods should not return any time soon. He hit tee shots on the par-3 10th with some folks being honored because of their military service. Amateurs. A handful of them hit the green pretty easily.

Woods dunked three straight into the water. The green was about 100 yards away.

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Tiger Woods is on his way back. USATSI
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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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