The most bleak prognosis yet regarding a return to competitive golf for Tiger Woods has arrived from the man himself.
Woods is currently in the midst of recovery from a third operation on the same area of his back, with the 39-year-old admitting on Tuesday he has no idea if or when he will play again. Serious doubts have to remain over Woods’s career continuing at all, especially given his previously upbeat sentiment.
When asked about a timescale for any return, Woods replied: “I have no answer for that. Neither does my surgeon or my physio. There is no timetable.
“That’s the hardest part for me. There is nothing I can look forward to, nothing I can build towards. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? I don’t know.”
Woods also admitted the extent to which he can exercise, which hasn’t included any golf activity at all. “I walk,” said the 14-time major winner. “And I walk and I walk some more.
“I am really good at playing video games. Really good. I swear, that’s basically how I pass a lot of my time.
“I have to reset the clock every day and say, ‘Here we go, this is a new day. Lets take it for what it is.’ I listen to my surgeon, I listen to my physios and we just take it day by day. Hopefully the day by day adds up to something positive here, soon.”
Woods underwent the three surgeries within just 19 months, the most recent of which was in late October. The worst season of his professional career culminated at the Wyndham Championship in August.
Woods is spending this week in the Bahamas, where his foundation is the tournament host of the Hero World Challenge. He has already been named as a vice-captain of the United States Ryder Cup team for the meeting with Europe at Hazeltine next September.
“I’ve had a pretty good career for my 20s and 30s,” he said.
“For my 20 years out here, I think I’ve achieved a lot, and if that’s all it entails, then I’ve had a pretty good run. But I’m hoping that’s not it. I’m hoping that I can get back out here and compete against these guys. I really do miss it.”
This article was written by Ewan Murray, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 1st December 2015 20.02 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010