But beyond the corporate concerns, there’s the bigger picture for him.
If he were to wait till he was truly ready to resume tournament golf, he’d head into the British Open at Hoylake — where he won the last of his three claret jugs, in 2006 – and hope to wing it.
That strategy didn’t work out too well when he made his season debut at Torrey Pines in January.
An obviously undercooked Woods missed the Saturday cut in San Diego after barely breaking 80 in his third round on a course where he’s won eight times.
He followed that befuddling performance with a mediocre showing in the Middle East before pulling out in the final round at the Honda Classic with back problems.
Woods showed up the next week at Doral for the Cadillac Championships but again was hampered by back problems in the final round. He opted to finish that tournament, but could do no better than a Sunday 78.
Woods soon after chose to go under the knife, having a disc shaved so it no longer irritated nerves in his lower back.
He’s now going to play just two weeks after hitting full shots on the range.
"After a lot of therapy, I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week," Woods said Friday on Facebook.
"I’ve just started to hit full shots, but it’s time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty, but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead."
Woods has already missed the Masters, a title defense at The Players Championship and the U.S. Open.
This move is designed to make the most of the year’s final two majors.
Woods won the last time both those venues hosted majors, at Royal Liverpool in 2006 and Valhalla, outside of Louisville, Kentucky, in 2000.
He will be — as he wrote — "a bit rusty" next week but will probably also play the week after, at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.