Tiger Woods has admitted he may not play competitive golf again in his career.
The 41-year-old 14-time major winner has been hampered by a series of injuries in recent years, but remains hopeful that he will not have to quit the sport.
Woods takes part in the Presidents Cup this week, as a non-playing assistant captain for America.
When asked on the eve of the event if he could see a scenario where he did not return to competitive golf, Woods said: “Yeah, definitely. I don’t know what my future holds for me.
“As I’ve told you guys, I’m hitting 60-yard shots.
“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be here, because I couldn’t ride in a cart. The bouncing hurt too much.
“That’s all gone now, which is fantastic.”
Woods said last week that doctors had cleared him to begin swinging a club again, but agreed on Wednesday that he was a long way from returning to competition.
“First things first. Get my health organised, make sure the pain goes away. Then, just waiting for what my surgeon says.
“I’m still training, I’m getting stronger. But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained, because obviously I’m not doing anything golf related,” he said.
Woods however says he is making progress and is hopeful of returning at some point.
“The pain has gone. But I don’t know what my golfing body is going to be like, because I haven’t hit a golf shot yet.
“So, that’s going to take time to figure that out and to figure out what my capabilities are going forward – and there’s no rush.
“Overall I’m very optimistic, how I’m progressing.
“It’s a process, and I’m in no hurry,” he added.
Woods last played in a tournament at the Dubai Desert Classic in January, withdrawing with back spasms.