It could be the end of an era for golf, as Tiger Woods has revealed he might never play competitive golf again.
One of the all-time greats, Woods’ career has been plagued by injury in recent years, with the last three seeing him go under the knife four times to try to remedy recurring back problems.
The 41-year-old has won 14 majors in total, but has been out of action for most of the year after his latest surgery.
Woods is serving as the US team’s assistant captain at this week’s Presidents Cup, which sees captain Steve Stricker’s US go up against an international team.
He said he had previously doubted whether he could even manage that because he was in too much pain.
“I didn’t know if I was going to be here, because I couldn’t ride in a cart,” he said. “The bouncing hurt too much.
“That’s all gone now, which is fantastic.
“I’m still training, I’m getting stronger. But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained.”
When asked if it was possible that a return to professional golf might be beyond him, he said: “Yeah, definitely. I don’t know what the future holds for me.
“We’re taking it one step at a time, it’s a process, and I’m in no hurry.
“My timetable is basically what my surgeon says. I’m hitting 60 yard shots, very straight right now.
“Overall, I’m optimistic how I’m progressing. The pain’s gone, but I don’t know what my golfing body is going to be like.
“So that’s going to take some time to figure out what my capabilities are going forward.”
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Woods’ most recent surgery came in April this year, following his retirement from the Dubai Classic in February with back spasms.
He was arrested in May near his home in Florida for driving under the influence, and an array of prescription drugs were found in his system following toxicology reports.