Tiger Woods admits he may never play golf again

Tiger Woods admits he may never play golf again

Tiger Woods said he was "optimistic" about his golfing future while at the same time publicly acknowledging what has been obvious for some time, that he might never return to competitive golf.

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey-Tiger Woods made it back from his fourth surgery in time for the Presidents Cup.

Woods said last week that he had been hitting 60-yard shots but had no date in mind for a return to competitive action.

Woods takes part in the Presidents Cup this week, as a non-playing assistant captain for America.

Woods told reporters last week that he had no date for a return to competition.

The 41 year old has not played a tournament since withdrawing prior to the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

Stricker said Tuesday that the 12-man US Team will stand for the national anthem - "We've had that discussion already", - and Woods' offered a diplomatic response on Wednesday to a question about football players declining to stand for the anthem.

"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".

He recently began chipping and putting in his back yard in Florida and has progressed to hitting 60-yard shots. "The bouncing just hurt too much", he said.

"I don't know what my future holds for me", Woods said during a news conference at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., in advance of the Presidents Cup, where he is serving as an assistant to USA captain Steve Stricker.

"That's all gone now, which is fantastic".

"I've been out of the game for a while", Woods said.

"First things first. Get my health organised, make sure the pain goes away". Then, basically, just as I said, just keeping waiting for what my surgeon says.

"I'm still training, I'm getting stronger. But I certainly don't have my golf muscles trained because obviously I'm not doing anything golf-related".

"Is anybody in here who is in their 40s ever going to feel like they did in their 20s?" he said. The following month he pronounced himself pain free, but in May he was arrested on a DUI charge.

Woods was peppered with questions during a news conference with his three assistant Presidents Cup captains and the four global assistants, who often looked bored at the focus stayed on the second most prolific major champion of all time.

"I'd like to see him come back and play, and play well". His last win was four years ago, and it's closing in on a decade since he last won a major.


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