Tiger Woods, who still has not played in a major championship for two years and is now six months removed from his fourth back surgery, admitted at a Presidents Cup press conference on Wednesday that he may never play on the PGA Tour again.
This is not the news golf fans wanted to hear after Woods recently posted an update on his web site and shared a video he posted to Instagram that had people hoping his return to the PGA Tour was a foregone conclusion.
On September 22nd, Woods had this to say on his personal blog…
I’m starting to hit the ball a little further – 60-yard shots. I have not taken a full swing since my back fusion surgery last April, but continue to chip and putt every day.
The latter is paying off. Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler have been dropping by my house for putting contests. Justin also comes over to practice his chipping. It was fun to celebrate his PGA Championship win with him and Rickie, and we had a blast.
I have my six-month back X-rays coming up. Once my surgeon takes a look, he’ll give me the parameters of what I can do moving forward.
I’m working out six days a week, alternating between the treadmill, bike riding, swimming and lifting twice a day. My muscle tone is coming back, but I’m not in golf shape yet. That’s going to take time.
This is the video Woods posted on August 31st…
Yet when asked on Wednesday whether he could see a scenario where he couldn’t be able to return to competitive golf Woods’ answer was, “Yeah, definitely. I don’t know what my future holds for me. As I’ve told you guys, I’m hitting 60-yard shots.”
That being said, Woods still sounds like he’s going to make a serious effort to return.
“Overall I’m very optimistic how I’m progressing. Like I said, the pain’s gone, but I don’t know what my golfing body is going to be like, because I haven’t hit a golf shot yet. 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.
Woods also shared his timetable for a possible return, sort of, with a little levity thrown in just for kicks…
“My timetable is based on what my surgeon said. As I alluded to last week, I’m hitting 60-yard shots. I’m hitting it really straight…it’s a joke, smile, okay.”
Okay, Tiger, whatever you need to do. Just come back at some point. Please?