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Tiger Woods concedes he’s almost done playing golf, unloads on LIV’s Greg Norman

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Tiger Woods’ gaming days are nearly over. But his impact on the game will clearly continue long after he scores his last shot.

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On Tuesday morning, Woods spoke before the Hero World Challenge, his own tournament in the Bahamas, and as has become the norm at the event, he was unusually open and forthright about both his game and the state of the sport. generally.

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Woods never fully recovered from injuries sustained in a catastrophic one-car crash in February 2021. Add to that the list of surgeries he’s undergone over the past decade-plus, as his once-indomitable body began to crumble, and he’s in despair. indicate now where he plans to play at a minimum.

“The goal is to play only major championships and maybe one or two more. That’s all,” he said. “I mean, it’s physical, it’s all I can do.”

Woods played in three majors last season, finishing 47th at the Masters, dropping out of the PGA Championship and not winning at St. Andrews in the Open Championship. Woods acknowledged that if there’s anything positive about the announcement of such a reduced schedule, it’s that last season went better than he expected.

“I didn’t expect to play three majors this year,” he said. “We only hoped for the British Open, but I was able to play two more tournaments there, so that was a big plus.”

He has already pulled out of this weekend’s tournament with plantar fasciitis, and while he plans to play in the upcoming edition of The Match and the PNC Classic with son Charlie, he admits there are some major limitations.

“I like to play, I like to compete,” he said, “but unfortunately – I can hit a golf ball and do whatever you want – I just can’t walk.”

However, Woods is not done with golf yet. When asked what he thought about how the PGA Tour could coexist with the upstart LIV Golf, he didn’t hold back.

“Right now, not now, not with their management, not with Greg[Norman, CEO of LIV]and his hostility towards the tour itself,” he said. “I don’t see this happening. Like Rory (McIlroy) said, and I said it too, I think Greg should go and then we can hopefully eventually sit between the two lawsuits and come up with something.”

Both the PGA Tour and the LIV have claimed they are the right vehicle for the game to take its next steps forward, but Woods noted that the hostility between the two tours just gets in the way.

“What is the best way to develop our game?” he said. “This is not true. But of course you need to merge the two bodies. If one side is so hostile, someone is trying to ruin our tour, how do you deal with that?” The LIV players’ lawsuit against the PGA Tour and the Tour countersuit are expected to take up most of 2023 unless an agreement is reached.

“First they sued us and we countersued them, so they have to back off…and then we have a place to talk,” Woods said. “But their leadership also needs to change. If this does not happen, then I think that they will continue on the same path as they are now.”

Tiger Woods is grateful to the gallery at the Open Championship in July.  (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods is grateful to the gallery at the Open Championship in July. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)


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