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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Penn. - Tiger Woods is no longer using crutches, a walking boot or a razor. He hasn’t hit a full golf shot in 47 days and has no idea when he will practice, much less play in another tournament.

All he could say with certainty Tuesday was that he would not return until he was fully healthy.

“Usually I set a timetable when I want to come back and play when I’ve had injuries before,’’ Woods said at the AT&T National, which benefits his foundation. “This one is different. I’m going to learn my lesson from what I did at The Players and apply it this time and come back when I’m 100 percent. I don’t know when that’s going to be.

“That’s kind of the frustrating thing about it right now is I don’t know.’’

While he did not rule out the British Open, which starts July 14 at Royal St. George’s, he made it sound as though he would miss another major championship.

“I wouldn’t go over there just to show up,’’ he said. “I’d go over there to win the golf tournament, so I need to obviously get my body ready so I can practice, and eventually play.’’

He’s not doing much of anything at the moment. Woods watched the U.S. Open and was amazed at how Rory McIlroy matched his record by building a six-shot lead after 36 holes, then continued to crush his competition in winning by eight shots.

With shared parenting of his two kids, he has watched more cartoons than he ever did as a child.

“What’s actually really tough to watch now all the time is ‘Dora.’ That song is just brutal,’’ he said.

And for the first time in public, he was sporting a full beard, though nothing that compares with Lucas Glover.

Woods has not played since May 12 when he withdrew after nine holes from The Players Championship. That was his first tournament since “minor injuries’’ to his left knee and Achilles in the third round at the Masters.

He said it was borderline whether he should have played at TPC Sawgrass, a decision he now regrets. Had he skipped The Players, Woods said he would be playing now.

So what was he doing at Sawgrass?

“I’ve played in pain before and I’ve played injured, and I’ve played through it, and I’ve been very successful at it,’’ Woods said. “There has been a number of years where I’ve been hurt more than people could possibly understand, and I’ve played and I’ve won. I just felt that it was good enough to give it a go, and I did. And I hurt myself.’’

But there was something about this injury - perhaps the state of his game or the clock ticking on his career - that caused him to stop being so stubborn when it comes to his health.

He said this injury wasn’t even as bad as some of the others.

“But I hurt myself again,’’ he said. “It’s time to actually have a different approach. It’s time.’’

Assuming he misses the British Open, the next tournament Woods typically plays is the Bridgestone Invitational, which starts Aug. 4 and precedes the final major of the year. The FedEx Cup playoffs are after that, although only the top 125 qualify and Woods is at No. 114 - and not moving up because he’s not playing.

Woods, however, said he would be surprised if the year ended without him playing again. This isn’t a repeat of 2008, when he missed the last six months of the year after reconstructive knee surgery. He said his knee and Achilles are getting better.

“I’d be very surprised because I’m progressing,’’ he said.


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