Golfing great Tiger Woods has admitted he was almost done playing golf competitively because he ‘physically’ couldn’t take it anymore.
In an interview ahead of the Hero World Challenge on Monday, the man who is almost single-handedly responsible for golf’s resurgence in popularity admitted he won’t be competing for much longer.
Woods never fully recovered from the February 2021 car crash that nearly resulted in his leg being amputated, and even before that he had serious back issues that impacted his game. And his health has become an enemy he cannot beat.
Woods played in three tournaments last year and finished deep in the pack at the Masters, where he is a five-time winner. But his dream of equalizing and even beating defending Masters champion – Jack Nicklaus, who has won the tournament six times – will never come true.
Woods admitted on Monday that he can only manage a few tournaments a year.
“The goal is to only play the majors and maybe one or two more. That’s it,” Woods said, according to Yahoo Sports. “I mean, it’s physically, that’s it. what I can do.”
Woods added that last year’s slate really improved his health.
“I didn’t expect to play three major tournaments this year,” he said. “We were just hoping for the British Open, but I was able to get two more, so that was a big positive.”
“I love to play. I love to compete,” Woods admitted, “but unfortunately — I can hit the golf ball and hit any shot you want — I just can’t walk.
Woods withdrew from the Hero World Challenge, claiming plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
—Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) November 28, 2022
Woods also once again criticized league rival LIV chief Greg Norman and said the rift between the PGA Tour and LIV could not be healed until Norman left.
“Right now as it is, not right now, not with their leadership, not with Greg (Norman, CEO of LIV) there and his animosity towards the Tour itself,” exclaimed Woods. “I don’t see that happening. Like Rory (McIlroy) said and I said too, I think Greg has to go and then we can hopefully eventually stay between the two trials and figure something out.
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