PGA Tour

Faldo: Tiger was ready to quit in 2017

2018-08-15 10:29
Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Tiger Woods' remarkable come back to top-level golf almost didn't happen, that is according to Nick Faldo.

Woods came close to a 15th Major championship at the recent PGA, finishing second behind eventual champion Brooks Koepka.

That was just weeks after Tiger was in contention again, this time at The Open Championship where he finished sixth.

His return to form also looks like earning him a place on the US team for the upcoming Ryder Cup with captain Jim Furyk saying that he will find it hard not to include Woods as one of his captain's picks.

It's been a remarkable turnaround for Woods after a couple of year out the game following a succession of back operations.

READ: Woods returns to top 30 after lengthy absence

Six-time major champions Nick Faldo says it almost didn't happen.

Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, Faldo said that Woods was ready to quit golf for good in 2017.

Faldo told how at the 2017 Masters champions dinner he heard Woods tell another Masters winner that he was done with the game.

"What he's been able to do, is unbelievable, remarkable," Faldo said. "To go from a frozen back, I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago, 'I'm done. I won't play golf again.' And here we are 18 months later."

Faldo did not say who Woods was speaking with at Augusta.

He added that it wasn't his play that had led Woods to consider giving up the game, but the pain that made playing golf almost impossible.

"He was in agony," Faldo said. "He was in pain. The pain down his legs. There was nothing enjoyable. He couldn't move. If you watched footage of him, he couldn't even get out of the golf cart at the Ryder Cup when he was vice captain."

Which goes to prove just how amazing his recovery has been.

Read more on:    pga tour  |  nick faldo  |  tiger woods  |  golf

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.