The speculation at the start of the year was when Tiger Woods would win.
Now it's when he can play again.
The sequence Sunday at Doral was troubling. Woods was hobbled. He changed his shoes at the turn. He began lifting his left leg to try to flex his ankle. He limped. And after one last powerful swing that produced a 321-yard drive on the 12th hole, he winced and walked over to Webb Simpson to tell him he was done for the day.
"He just shook my hand and said, 'I've got to go in.' You could tell he was hurting," Simpson said.
To what degree, only Woods knows. And when he does, it becomes a matter of how much information he will share.
He started Monday with Twitter, limited to 140 characters: "Got good news from doc tonight. Only mild strain of left Achilles. Can resume hitting balls late in week and hopeful for next week."
Woods said his left Achilles tendon felt tight as he warmed up on the practice range before the final round of the Cadillac Championship and that it got worse from there. Still unanswered is how the tendon flared up without notice. Perhaps the more important question is whether -- or when -- it might happen again.
It's the same Achilles tendon that caused him to miss two majors last year.
The Masters starts in 24 days. This is the one major he has never missed. And Augusta National is where so many expected him to resume pursuit of the 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus.