Tiger Woods said in an interview that will air tonight on CBS Sports that he is already discussing the possibility of not playing full-time golf again, explaining he expects the sport to “grow exponentially” without him.
In the interview, “Great Golfer’s Guide: Never Quit,” which will air during CBS’ coverage of the Tour Championship, Woods, 40, said that he no longer believed he could provide the same kind of full-time commitment to the game that he had done in the past.
“I don’t know if I’m ever going to play full time again. I’m so burned out right now,” he said. “Never full time, ever again.”
Woods was speaking to CBS Sports’ Peter Gammons. (There is a link to the CBS broadcast at the end of this post.)
During the interview, Woods also made a peculiar revelation: he referred to his “discord” with Phil Mickelson, indicating that the two had been getting along much better of late. After hitting a ball with Woods on his drive during this year’s Ryder Cup, Mickelson reportedly tossed a pop-up ball back at Woods, who responded with some words of his own. That incident, which unfolded as Americans were preparing to play Europe in the Ryder Cup, enraged a lot of folks at the time, including the players themselves.
In the interview, Woods said that although he does not often talk to Mickelson, he now feels it’s important for both men to be on the same page. Woods also called out Mickelson’s former longtime caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, as someone whose presence in the locker room always unsettled him.
Read the full story at USA Today.
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