14-time major champion Tiger Woods has confessed he could see a situation where he never plays competitive golf again.

Woods hasn’t played since he withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February and has struggled to recover from back surgery in April.

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Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Woods – who has spent 683 weeks of his career as world-number-one – was asked if it was possible he may never play again.

“Yeah, definitely,” he replied.

“I don’t know what my future holds for me.”

He added that he might not return if he is never “100% fit” again.

The rear end of Woods’ career has been marred by personal issues and injury, but whether you’re of the opinion that he is the greatest to ever play the game or not, it would be a sorry end to the career of a worldwide sporting icon to bow out without a fitting farewell.