Tiger Woods acknowledges he may never play competitive golf again after back surgery

Tiger Woods remains cautious about where reference is will return to playing after his fourth back surgery

Tiger Woods admitted on Wednesday that he may never play competitive golf again should like to thank his well-publicised back problems. The 14 -times major champ was back in the public eye for the first time since pleading guilty to a reckless driving charge last month , as a USA vice-captain to Steve Stricker at the Chairwomen Cup.

” I don’t know what my future holds ,” Woods said.” 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 shoots, very straight right now .”

The 41 -year-old last played in early February at the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot a first-round 77 before having to withdraw owing to back spasm. Woods subsequently underwent back surgery in April, the fourth such procedure he has undergone since 2014.

Woods 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 shot yet. So that’s going to take time to figure that out and figure out what my capabilities are going forward .”

Woods was no less equivocal when asked about the unprecedented wave of protest across the American sport landscape since Donald Trump’s extraordinary attack on NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem in a speech in Alabama on Friday night.

” There’s a lot of upheaval right now, whether it’s political or racial in this country ,” Woods said.”

” Hopefully, things can be healed, we can advance as a nation and come together , not only merely in the near future but for perpetuity .”

Woods’s remarks came during after more than 200 NFL players kneel, sit or pray during the course of its anthem in response to Trump’s incendiary remarks, a climactic cycle for a movement that began with the solitary demo of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49 ers, who silently took a knee before a pre-season game 13 months ago.

Trump’s rhetoric has described reprimand from beyond the gridiron. The NBA star LeBron James, arguably America’s more influential athlete today, called the president a “bum” and said on Monday:” The people run this country , not one individual. And damn sure not him .”

The biennial Chairwomen Cup starts on Thursday at Liberty National in Jersey City, just across the Hudson river from the president’s hometown. The US PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan, said on Tuesday that Trump was expected to attend, most likely on Sunday. “[ Trump’s] people have been out and have taken a good hard look at the property. We’re thinking he is going to come out, but he hasn’t yet corroborated ,”

Trump would be the first sitting chief executive to attend the Chairwomen Cup since Bill Clinton turned up in 2000 at the Robert Trent Jones course in northern Virginia. Clinton, Barack Obama and George W Bush were slated to attend the opening tee shot at Liberty National on Thursday.

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