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"This might just be me watching, but he would look at certain spots and I was thinking, 'I wonder if that's where he hit the ball.' A couple of times I was going to ask him, but then to be honest, I wasn't sure what I should ask him."
Abel said the one thing he took away about Woods was "how much of a down-to-earth guy he really is."
Abel said they talked about fatherhood, Woods' knee and "a couple jokes about how a couple more trophies would be nice, and how he feels he needs another green jacket. It was a little chilly and he said, 'Yeah, another green jacket would be nice and warm.'"
As for his caddie skills, "It was all good, man," joked Woods, who enjoyed seeing Abel make a 20-foot uphill par putt on 17.
Abel played with a new set of Nike clubs. Woods wrote on the bib: "Thank you for letting me caddie for you. Your friend, Tiger Woods."
Woods said his rehab is on schedule but that his return will be dictated by his doctors.
"I'm able to chip and putt now. I can start doing some more fuller rotational things toward the beginning of next year," he said. "I can walk and do all this stuff. This is easy. But rotational stuff is going to be a little different."
Woods would love to be back at Torrey Pines in early February to defend his title at the Buick Invitational, where he has won four straight and six overall. But he's not sure if it's realistic.
"That's the most frustrating thing for me, because I don't know," Woods said. "I like having things planned out. I like understanding what I need to shoot for, but I don't know. And the surgeons don't know, either, because they've never dealt with an injury like this for a person who plays golf at an elite level. For an amateur, it's no big deal, just come back nine months from now or 10 months from now. But for me, I don't know what the schedule's going to be."
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