Tiger Woods is still training for a comeback to the PGA TOUR, but admitted for the first time that it may never actually happen.
Tiger Woods’ days of tearing up golf courses and pumping his fist on 18 may be over. Woods was asked by a USA Today reporter about whether he would see a scenario where he wouldn’t return to professional golf.
He told the reporter, “I don’t know what my future holds for me.” It was an ominous tone from Woods, who even in the immediate aftermath of injuries past never seemed to doubt his return.
Woods was one of the captains for the Presidents Cup this past week at Liberty National golf course in New York. A lot of injuries have hindered Woods’ comeback to the sport. In April, he had his fourth back surgery since 2014.
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No Timetable for Return
According to CBS Sports, Woods has been progressing and has been hitting 60-yard shots at his house. Although, he seemed to have the same response for reporter Kyle Porter as he did for USA Today.
Woods told Porter, “My timetable is based on what my surgeon said.”
Woods went on to describe the pain that his back has been causing him throughout the last three years to Porter.
“There were times when, as you all know, what [U.S. captain Steve Stricker] said before, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be here because I couldn’t ride in a cart. The bouncing just hurt too much, ” Woods said.
PGA Tour players are optimistic about Woods’ and many have expressed their desire to see him back on the course alongside them.
Brooks Koepka told the New York Times, “I think everyone would be crazy if they didn’t say that. I think he’s good for the game. He’s good for the sport.”
Woods’ positivity is well-documented if you follow him on his social media accounts. Just a month ago, he posted this to his Twitter account, and subsequently broke the internet.
It seems ridiculous to think that, just as his comeback appears to be gearing up, that he may never actually get in “game shape” again. But, as they say, Father Time is undefeated. No matter what happens in Tiger’s playing future, he has nothing left to prove to anyone.
Except, perhaps, himself.