Tiger Woods has no idea when he will return to golf, saying only he will return to therapy today. And he did not say how much longer he will be in therapy, only, "I have a long way to go."
"I do plan to return to golf one day," he said Friday. "I just don't know when that day will be. I don't rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game."
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem called Woods' statement good news. Although he said Woods' absence might not have an immediate impact on the tour, a prolonged one could affect its relationship with TV partners.
"He clearly has taken the first, very visible step in the road to that return," Finchem said.
But he said Woods gave him no indication when that might be.
"My sense is that … he will play when he's ready and when he thinks he can compete," Finchem said. "But he has prioritized clearly now over the last three months getting to a certain point in the issues he's dealing with before he wants to take that step. But I have no time line."
Competing in the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., Stewart Cink said he believed Woods did well.
"I was moved by how difficult it seemed to be for him," he said.
Luke Donald said the speech seemed "sincere." But Nick Watney said he simply wants to know when Woods will play again.
"Just more concerned about when he's going to get back on the course," he said, "not necessarily everything in his personal life."
Cink said he believes the players will welcome Woods' return, whenever that might be.
"We've all made mistakes and all sinned," he said. "And forgiveness is a huge part of the process."