- Tiger asks “where is the light at the end of the tunnel?”.
- The 39-year-old admits all he does is play video games.
- Rory McIlroy believes golf without Tiger Woods “doesn’t bear thinking about”.
Tiger Woods sat down at the Albany Golf Club for a pre-tournament press conference and things got very sad very quick. Tiger will be a spectator at his Annual Hero World Challenge but allowed questions regarding his possible return to the game.
Asked about a return date, “I have no answer for that, and neither does my surgeon,” Woods said, “there’s really nothing I can look forward to, nothing I can build towards,” the star showing an honesty we’ve never seen before.
It was as if his back surgery was as much an emotional test as it was a physical one.
“There is no timetable for this, and that’s been the hardest mindset adjustment, is that I don’t know. So where is the light at the end of the tunnel? I don’t know, so that’s been hard.” It was so out of character for Tiger to speak in this way, it was as if the facade had been lifted leaving a man who was truly lost without a finish line in sight.
Tiger Woods press conference has me like… pic.twitter.com/2MNMP0epz4
— Mark Horner (@MuckHorner) December 1, 2015
According to the Washington Post Tiger admitted it had been two months since he had hit a ball — “a chip shot left handed” — and that he passes most his time playing video games. The former number one insisted that the first step was to play soccer with his kids “If I can get to that, then we can start talking about golf,” he said.
The big takeaway from the press conference was that even a bleak prognosis didn’t completely remove his hunger.“I’m hoping that I can get back out here and compete against these guys. I really do miss it. I miss being out here with the boys and mixing it up with them and see who can win the event.”
It’s truly heartbreaking to watch Tiger struggling to come to terms with life without golf. The sport has been his rudder, directing him through the ups and downs, but now the therapy of 18-holes is gone and what’s left is a lost soul. Rory McIlroy posted a message of support for the legend he idolized growing up. Hopefully the Ryder Cup vice-captaincy will offer some much needed distraction from his uncertain road to recovery.
Wishing my idol and friend a speedy recovery. Golf without him doesn’t bear thinking about. Hope to see you back on the course soon @tigerwoods A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on