Nicklaus has doubts about Tiger’s golfing future

Nobody has seen more golfers come and go in his day than Jack Nicklaus.

So if anybody is qualified to comment on the future of Tiger Woods, it’s him.

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And according to The Golden Bear, the prognosis isn’t optimistic for the 79-time champion.

Speaking at a charity tournament in Virginia, Nicklaus expressed doubts over Tiger ever returning to the professional ranks.

Nicklaus explained to USA Today that Woods’ ongoing physical issues and subsequent medication addiction would make things difficult.

“He’ll have a very hard time. I don’t know whether Tiger will play much golf anymore,” said Nicklaus.

“He might come back and play…I think it would be pretty tough for him, after getting (his spine) fused and as many problems as he has had recently.”

“His are more life problems than they are golf problems right now.”

Woods was arrested last month and charged with impaired driving after being stopped by police near his home in Florida.

A breathalyser showed no alcohol in his system, instead his inebriation was brought on by a strong reaction to prescription painkillers.

It’s since come out that the 41-year-old is being treated for medication addiction.

Woods began a comeback attempt in December, but missed the cut at Torrey Pines in January and withdrew from an event in Dubai in February.

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

But Nicklaus insisted Woods would not have his legacy defined merely by golf titles.

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

“I hope he gets his life straightened out with the problems he has had and he’s able to lead a normal life, but also use what he has done and his legacy to help a lot of kids and a lot of other people.”