Tiger facing uncertain future, may not golf again

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker

Of the 11 matches played since this competition began in 1994, the USA team has won nine times, the worldwide team has won once, and one match was a tie, ending famously in the dusk at Fancourt in South Africa as Tiger Woods and Ernie Els of South Africa could not finish after three halved playoff holes.

The 14-time major champion says an arduous rehab process following the spinal fusion surgery he underwent in April has created uncertainty around whether his once remarkable career could continue.

Woods is back on a golf course for the first time since the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot 77 in the first round and withdrew the next day citing back spasms.

"I don't know what my future holds", Woods said during the pre-tournament press conference as quoted by BBC Sport.

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"My timetable is based on what my surgeon said, " Woods said. "I didn't know if I was going to be able to be here because I couldn't ride in a cart", Woods said on Wednesday.

Woods last week released a statement on his website in which he said he has started hitting 60-yard shots, but was not yet cleared by doctors to hit full shots. "The bouncing just hurt too much".

He might not even be able to fulfil his duties as an assistant captain for the Americans clash versus the Internationals at Liberty National this week. "Driving a auto still hurt. That's going to take time to figure out what my capabilities are going forward - and there's no rush".

"That's all gone now, which is fantastic". "As I've told you guys, I'm hitting 60-yard shots". "First thing's first: Get my health organized". I mean, I competed against him, many guys looked up to him and watched him win, but it's an opportunity as he's opened up over the last five or six years to really get to know him on a different level. My muscle tone is coming back, but I'm not in golf shape yet.

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Worldwide team rookies Kim Si-Woo and Emiliano Grillo face a baptism of fire on Thursday when they launch their first Presidents Cup against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. 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. However, he has since recovered from the pain, but is uncertain when or if he will ever return to competitive golf.

After a long, grueling PGA Tour season, in which Spieth added his third major championship win and almost claimed the season-long FedEx Cup, it would have been understandable for the 24-year-old to endure some fatigue.

Nevertheless, Woods, who turns 42 at the end of the year, reiterates that he's "very optimistic".

Woods said he is enjoying serving as an assistant for the United States, along with Jim Furyk, Davis Love III and Fred Couples, and under captain Steve Stricker.

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