Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nicklaus: "I don't know whether Tiger will play much golf anymore"


Jack Nicklaus says Tiger Woods will have a very hard time making a comeback to competitive golf as he deals with physical injury issues and undergoes treatment for managing medications.

A big part of that is the course itself, which is far less centralized golf-wise, but far more so in terms of both hospitality and proximity to the player practice areas.

Tiger Woods will miss the 2017 Quicken Loans National competition as he continues to battle back to full health.

Speaking to USA Today on Monday at a charity event in Virginia, Nicklaus said Woods' physical ailments combined with his personal issues cloud his return to the PGA Tour.

After tests revealed no trace of alcohol in his system, Woods said that he had a reaction to prescription drugs he was taking.

Still, Nicklaus believed at that time that Woods had a shot at breaking his record for most major titles.

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But Fowler, a four-times victor on the PGA Tour who has been grouped with Australian Marc Leishman and Canadian Adam Hadwin for the first two rounds, is not about to hit the panic button. "I don't know whether Tiger will play much golf anymore", the victor of a record 18 major golf championships told the outlet.

"Whether he plays golf or not, I think he has got an terrible lot to offer the youth of the country and the game itself", Nicklaus said.

This month marks nine years since Woods won his 14 and most recent major, the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.

Tournament officials confirmed that the 41-year-old would not be at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm but will be updated about the event during the week.

In April, he announced his fourth back surgery and said he would not play again this season.

Off the course, Woods has his Tiger Woods Foundations, which helps send low-income youth to college. He cares about people. "And we'll just see what happens", Nicklaus added.

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