Wednesday, December 2

Rory Fears End Is Near for Tiger

By Brian Keogh

Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission.

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WITH NO RETURN DATE IN SIGHT, the end may be nigh for Tiger Woods. And while Rory McIlroy was one of the first players to openly suggest that the 14-time major was one of those on the back nine in the big game, he sounded distraught to hear Woods admit that he has no clue when he might return after his most recent back surgery.

Speaking in Nassau in the Bahamas in the build up to his season-ending charity event, the Hero World Challenge, Woods admitted he has nothing to look forward to right now bar getting fit enough to play with his children following a microdiscectomy operation in September, his third in all.

"I have no answer for that. Neither does my surgeon or my physio," the world No 400 said when asked when he'd return to competition. "That’s the hardest part for me is there's really nothing I can look forward to, nothing I can build towards."

McIlroy does need to look around in vain for Woods at majors to know that after a 20-year career, we've probably seen the best of Woods. But he still sounded pained at the thought of losing his hero and took to Instagram to express his feelings.

"Wishing my idol and friend a speedy recovery," McIlroy wrote. "Golf without him doesn't bear thinking about. Hope to see you back on the course soon @tigerwoods"

Woods' stark reality comes just days after LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced his retirement at the end of the season, citing physical fatigue as the deciding factor. Woods does not turn 40 until the end of this month but he's unlikely to turn out to be another Vijay Singh or even a Pádraig Harrington. who won this year at the age of 43.

Brian Keogh covers golf for The Irish Sun and contributes to a variety of golf publications. Pay him a visit at Irish Golf Desk.

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