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Woods says he may never return to competition

September 27. 2017 11:14PM
U.S. Team assistant captain Tiger Woods addresses the media in a press conference during the practice round of The Presidents Cup golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, N.J.. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Tiger Woods said he was “optimistic” about his golf future while at the same time acknowledging what has been obvious for some time, that he might never return to competitive golf.

The former world No. 1 won the last of his 14 major titles in 2008 and has played only six competitive rounds in the past two years while trying to recover from multiple back surgeries.

“Yeah, definitely. I don’t know what my future holds for me,” he said on Wednesday on the eve of the Presidents Cup.

“I don’t know what 100 percent (healthy) means after eight surgeries, but I’ll try and get as close as I can to that number,” said Woods.

“Is anybody in here who is in their 40s ever going to feel like they did in their 20s? Huh? Seriously? Exactly. As I’ve told you guys, I’m hitting 60-yard shots.”

Woods, 41, was peppered with questions during a news conference with his three assistant Presidents Cup captains and the four International assistants.

It was his first press conference since he was arrested close to his Florida home in May under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Toxicology reports revealed he had several prescription drugs in his system at the time.

Woods seemed destined to become the most prolific major winner of all time when he won the 2008 U.S. Open, moving within four titles of the record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus.

But he has not won a major since.

and serious back injuries often left him crippled with pain when he tried to play over the past three years.

“There were times when 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,” he said.

“That’s all gone now, which is fantastic.

“There were some intrepid times, not just for this golf tournament but for life going forward.”


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