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Tiger Woods is facing up to the possibility that his career may be coming to an end.
Having dominated the sport for almost 20 years, Woods has struggled with injuries and poor form in recent years and on Tuesday admitted he did not know when he would be able to play again.
The former world number one underwent a third back operation in less than two years in October and has yet to begin his rehabilitation, with the 39-year-old revealing that he has 'nothing to look forward to'.
His last major win came at the US Open in 2008 and his 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August was his best finish on the PGA Tour for nearly two years.
Despite not having a return date in mind, the 14-time major winner has not given up hope of being able to return to competitive golf.
"I don’t think I’ll ever be 100 percent healthy, but as close as you can to that point, that would be nice. As long as I don’t have the pain, then I don’t think there would be an issue. I will probably play through a little bit of pain, aches and pains, as you get older, you have more aches and pains," he told Time Magazine.
While he does not want to give up on his career, Woods admits he has reconciled himself to the fact that he may have little choice but to retire.
"It’s not what I want to have happen, and it’s not what I’m planning on having happen. But if it does, it does. I’ve reconciled myself to it," he explained.
"It’s more important for me to be with my kids. I don’t know how I could live with myself not being able to participate in my kids’ lives like that. That to me is special. Now I know what my dad felt like when we’d go out there and play nine holes in the dark."