Tiger Woods Talks Return from Injury, Potentially Winning 18 Majors with PBS

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2016

CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 02: Vice-captain Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the first tee during singles matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 2, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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As Tiger Woods continues to work toward a PGA Tour return from a back injury, the 14-time major champion addressed his health and future in an interview airing Thursday night with Charlie Rose of PBS.

Woods was initially slated to return at last week's Safeway Open for his first tournament since 2015, but he decided against it and said in a statement on his website his game wasn't up to his standards. 

When asked by Rose (h/t CBSNews.com) when fans can expect to see him back on the golf course, the 40-year-old said the following: "I'm hoping to come back in December."

A December return would likely place Woods in the Hero World Challenge, which is a tournament sponsored by his foundation.

While Woods is undoubtedly among the all-time greats already, his career has fallen off the rails in recent years due primarily to injury.

He hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, and although it once seemed like a near certainty that he would match or surpass Jack Nicklaus' career record of 18 major victories, he has been stuck at four away from that mark for eight years.

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If Woods is able to return from his injury woes and win even one more major, it would be a remarkable accomplishment, but the future Hall of Famer has his sights set even higher.

After saying, "To be honest with you, no," when asked by Rose if he believes he will win 18 career major titles, Woods made it clear the confidence that made him the face of golf for so many years hasn't left him by adding, "I've accepted I'm going to get more."

CBS This Morning tweeted a photo of Woods' interview with Rose along with a comment from Rose regarding Tiger's never-ending pursuit of greatness:

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"You got a sense of who he was and the drive that has made him great." -- @CharlieRose on interviewing @TigerWoods https://t.co/o7xW1oriOL

In addition to age and recent history working against him, Woods is arguably faced with greater competition than at any point during his career, as top players such as Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are playing at an elite level.

Woods was in a class of his own when he was on top of his game, and even though conventional wisdom suggests his best days are behind him, the legendary golfer believes he still has plenty left in the tank.


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