Tiger Woods says he isn't going to be physically able to swing a club until 2009.
Woods, who underwent reconstructive left knee surgery after winning the U.S. Open in June, wrote on his website that he has begun riding a stationary bicycle to start his rehabilitation, but that he won't try to get back to practicing and swing a club any time soon.
"As far as swinging a club, that's not going to happen until next year," Woods wrote in a blog on tigerwoods.com. "I just don't have a choice. We simply don't know what type of swelling there would be or if there would be any residual effects the next day once you start wheeling and dealing on the knee.
"Everyone's body reacts differently. I could putt right now, but I'm not going to do it."
If Woods waits until January to swing a club for the first time, it could delay his return to the PGA Tour until after the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines, the first week of February.