Fourteen time major winner Tiger Woods has admitted what many have been expecting to hear, that he may never return to competitive golf.
Woods withdrew from a tournament in early February at the Dubai Desert Classic because of back spasms and has yet to return to competitive action ever since.
The American plead guilty to a reckless driving charge last month after he was found asleep at the wheel of his car in the early hours of the morning.
Woods was speaking to reporters yesterday in New York for the start of the Presidents Cup, a matchplay tournament between the United States and an International team,
I don’t know what my future holds. We’re taking 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.
The golfer was asked was there a real possibility of him never returning to competitive action ever again,
Yeah, definitely. That's going to take time to figure out what my capabilities are going forward - and there's no rush.
Woods, along with Fred Couples, Davis Love and Jim Furyk, will assist Steve Stricker as vice captains for the event but Woods questioned whether he would be able to attend the tournament due to the distress his back has been causing him,
I didn't know if I was going to be able to be here, because I couldn't ride in a cart. 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 because obviously I'm not doing anything golf related.
The major winner who will turn 42 in December has undergone four back surgeries since 2014 and the latest quotes from him will do little to dispel the rumours that Woods will announce his retirement from the game in the not so distanced future.