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By Chineze Ogugua

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods has admitted he may never return to competitive golf as he feels riding in a golf buggy “hurt too much”.

The golf star has had multiple back operations in recent years, the last being in April and withdrew from his last tournament in January with back spasms.

When asked on the eve of the Presidents Cup whether it was possible he may never compete again, he said: “Yeah, definitely” and even doubted working as a captain’s assistant at the competition.

“That’s going to take time to figure out what my capabilities are going forward and there’s no rush,” he said.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be here, because I couldn’t ride in a cart. The bouncing hurt too much.

“I’m still training, I’m getting stronger. But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained because obviously I’m not doing anything golf related.”

Woods last had surgery in April, which followed his withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic in January.

Woods, along with Fred Couples, Davis Love and Jim Furyk, will assist Steve Stricker at the Presidents Cup, a match play tournament between the US and an international team.

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