Tiger may never be able to com­pete again

Woods’ con­fes­sion

Sport360 - - Front Page - By Phil Casey @pcaseysafc editorial@sport360.com

Tiger Woods ad­mits it is pos­si­ble he may never play com­pet­i­tive golf again as he con­tin­ues his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from back surgery.

Woods has not played since an abortive re­turn ended in Fe­bru­ary this year after a birdie-less first round in the Dubai Desert Clas­sic.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence ahead of the Pres­i­dents Cup in Jersey City, where he is serv­ing as the US vice cap­tain, Woods was asked if his ca­reer could be over.

He re­sponded: “Yes, def­i­nitely. I don’t know what the fu­ture holds for me.”

But Woods, who has won 14 ma­jor titles but played in none over the last two years, said he re­mained pos­i­tive de­spite un­der­go­ing a fourth bout of back surgery in April.

He added: “Over­all, I’m very op­ti­mistic how I’m pro­gress­ing. The pain’s gone, but I don’t know what my golf­ing body is go­ing to be like be­cause I haven’t hit a golf shot yet. So that’s go­ing to take time to fig­ure that out and fig­ure out what my ca­pa­bil­i­ties are go­ing for­ward. And there’s no rush.’’

Woods has also had prob­lems away from the course, hav­ing been ar­rested on a drink-driv­ing charge in May. But de­spite ev­i­dence the best years of his ca­reer could be over, he in­sisted he is de­ter­mined to re­turn to the sport.

Woods added: “I think it’s fun. I’ve been com­pet­ing in golf tour­na­ments since I was four-years-old. From pitch, putt and drive to ma­jor cham­pi­onships, it’s al­ways been fun for me.”

Mean­while, the Pres­i­dents Cup could have a pres­i­den­tial au­di­ence on Sun­day as tour­na­ment of­fi­cials said US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is con­sid­er­ing at­tend­ing.

Trump’s ap­pear­ance isn’t def­i­nite, but PGA Tour com­mis­sioner Jay Mon­a­han said a Trump team has “been out and taken a good, hard look at the prop­erty and worked closely with our team”.

Far from out of the Woods: Tiger’s serv­ing as vice cap­tain at the Pres­i­dents Cup.

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