Tiger Woods casts further doubt on his return to golf

"I want to play, I don't know if I will"

Tiger Woods casts further doubt on his return to golf

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Tiger Woods cast fresh doubts over his future in golf yesterday afternoon admitting that he wants to return to the sport but doesn't know when he will be able to do so.

"I want to play," he explained, "Put it that way. I want to play. I don’t know if I will. But I do want to. But I’m trying. I’m trying each and every day I’m doing my workouts. … I’m working my tail off."

Speaking at the Congressional Country Club on Sunday, the location of this week’s Quicken Loans National, the 14-time major winner said that he didn't want to rush back through his recovery from a back injury which has plagued him during the latter stages of his career.

"I need to get stronger and I need to recover faster. That will all take time and I'm not really a patient person when it comes to that. As you know over the years I pushed through some of my injuries and pushing through some of my rehabs.

"I've come back and I've won. I've won major championships by doing it that way. But this time it's different. I'm  older and it takes a little longer for me to heal. But I'm going to do it right so I don't need another surgery.

"Each and every day I'm doing my workouts, sometimes they're two and three times a day. I'm working my tail off. I've trimmed down - I'm still the same weight but I've lost body fat. I've gained more lean muscle, I've gotten stronger. I'm a little bit faster than I used to be.

"So all that's a positive but I still need to get now into golf shape, and that's just hitting ball after ball after ball and getting my golf muscles back."