Tiger Woods has placed a huge doubt over his career as a golfer after admitting there is no “light at the end of the tunnel” in his bid to return from a series of back operations on the cusp of his 20th year as a professional.
The former world number one and 14-times Major winner – who hit his first ball on the US Tour at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1996 – has not played since undergoing back surgery to prevent pain from a pinched nerve in September and October, and concedes he has “nothing to look forward to”.
“I’ve no answer. Neither does my surgeon or physio. There’s no timetable.
“There’s nothing I can look forward to, nothing I can build towards. Where’s the light at the end of the tunnel? I don’t know.”
Woods has said he plays video games in between walking. His last Major win remains the US Open in 2008 when he won a play-off against Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines just before requiring knee surgery that would keep him out for the rest of that season.
“I walk and I walk. I’m just walking, and that’s it,” said Woods.
“It’s different from the other surgeries I’ve had in the past. For nerves there are really no timetables.”the first round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits – Reuters
On the cusp of turning 40 on December 30, Woods is ranked at 400 in the world and has already been a part-time golfer in 2015, playing in a paltry 11 events and missing the cut at three of the four Majors.
He missed three months last year after more surgery in March 2014, and wound up participating in only seven tournaments.
“For my 20 years out here, I achieved a lot,” said Woods.
“I’ve passed Jack (Nicklaus) in the all time win list, just shy of Sam (Snead). I passed Sam basically a decade ago in major championships but I’m still shy of Jack’s. So I’ve had a pretty good career for my 20s and 30s.
“I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy. If that’s all it entails then I’ve had a pretty good run. But I’m hoping that’s not it.
“I’m hoping I can get out here and compete against these guys. I really do miss it.”