Tiger still rehabbing knee, hasn't played 18 on eve of Open

Updated: June 3, 2008, 8:45 AM ET
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Tiger Woods will be trying the equivalent of walking around the block and then running a marathon. But if anyone can do it …

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During a news conference to promote the PGA Championship on Monday, Woods said that he has not played 18 holes of golf as he recovers from left knee surgery. That pronouncement comes just 11 days before the start of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

"I've been around an entire 18," he said, "but it was part of a [corporate] outing."

Woods has been rehabbing the knee since having surgery after finishing second at the Masters in April.

"Pain is not really an issue," Woods said. "It was early on, but not now. It's a matter of getting the endurance back up."

In the national teleconference call, the world's No. 1 golfer did not seem especially concerned with being behind in his preparations for the Open.

"Hopefully, I'll be close to 100 percent," he said. "If not, no big deal. I've won tournaments like that before."

Woods said he will start playing 18-plus holes to prepare to compete, adding he would play next week even if it wasn't a major.

"I really do miss being in that competitive environment," he said.

Woods also had a two-month layoff before the U.S. Open in 2006, coping with the death of his father. He missed the cut at Winged Foot -- the only time he has failed get past the first two rounds at a major.

In 2002, he had surgery on the same knee and returned to win his next event, the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines.

Woods expects to play again toward the end of the month at the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich., putting him 30 miles away from Oakland Hills, where the PGA Championship will be in two months.

"As far as playing a practice round, that's not a bad idea," Woods said. "I haven't looked at doing that, but now that you mention it, it's not a bad idea.

"But don't get any ideas," he added. "Don't come out there and have all the crews out there following me."

Woods doesn't mind when his daughter, Sam, follows him even if she hits him with a club as she did recently.

"The only thing she yells out is 'Da Da.' That's about it," he said with a smile. "We have a little cut-down club she will drag around. She likes throwing balls at Taz, my border collie. It's kind of funny to see a 11-month-old and my border collie play fetch.

"That's pretty funny to watch, but it's actually one of the coolest things."

Watching golf, however, has not been a regular part of Woods' rehabilitation.

"I made kind of a pact to myself a long time ago that I wouldn't watch unless some of my friends were playing in contention," he said. "That's kind of something that helps me get away from the game a little bit."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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