American golf icon Tiger Woods has revealed recently that he is still unable to play due to two back operations. The 14-time major winner has not played competitively since August 2015. Woods admits that playing through pain has proved costly.
“I still have to get stronger, I still have to get more flexible. There’s still a lot I have to do before I can go out and play,” via the DailyMail.
The 40-year-old golf superstar has arrived at Augusta National on Tuesday, but only for the Masters Champions Dinner. In Ausgustia National, the golf legends gathered with fellow Masters winners for their annual meal with Woods relegated to a visitor role.
Woods, who has not played since the Wyndham Championship in August, said that that there is no timetable for his return.
Woods said on a video broadcast on www.golfchannel.com, via the Sporting Life.
“When I was there in December at the Hero, I wasn’t feeling very good and you could see it all over me.
“I couldn’t play with my kids; I wasn’t able to throw and play catch with my son. What father and son don’t actually play catch?
“But I’m getting there and I’m able to participate more in their lives, I’m able to start doing things more with them and part of that is playing golf and going out there chipping and putting with (son) Charlie and having him beat me. It’s been tough at times but it’s been a lot of fun.
Woods also admits pushing through the pain barrier earlier in his career may partially to blame for the injury woes he has suffered in recent years.
The 40-year-old sports icon has won the last of his 14 major titles at the 2008 US Open despite his injury which required surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus spoke before the Master Champions dinner and said that Woods will not only make a strong comeback, but he will be a champion again. Nicklaus said that Woods is ‘looking healthy’ and just downplaying expectations.
Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will hit the ceremonial tee shots to open the Masters on Thursday without fellow honorary starter Arnold Palmer.
Woods has been one of the most successful golfers of all time. The 40-year-old Woods has won 14 professional major golf championship (Jack Nicklaus leads with 18 wins) and 79 PGA Tours events (second all-time behind Sam Snead ). In addition, Woods is also the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam and the fastest and youngest to win 50 tournaments on tour.
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