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Nick Faldo Believes Time Is Running out for Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Sir Nick Faldo believes time is running out for Tiger Woods after the 14-time major winner’s latest setback.

40-year-old Tiger Woods was due to be playing at this week’s Safeway Open. He officially confirmed his place in the field on Friday, before sensationally pulling out on Monday night saying his game was in a ‘vulnerable’ state.

The earliest we will now see Woods is at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas from December 1-4 and Nick Faldo, a golf analyst for CBS Sports, said to BBC Sports that everything is ‘stacking up against’ him.

Tiger Woods Nick Faldo

“It’s going to be a hard grind to come back and compete against the best in the world,” explained Faldo. “You wish him well but what does Tiger want to prove?

“I know personally golf is a wicked game, it dangles a carrot. Ten years ago I’d hit balls and think, ‘I can still play, I can still hit it’ – then you’d go to the course and can’t make a score.

“Maybe he is starting to hit the ball better but it’s the stamina to play” 

“Everything is stacking up against him now. Physically, mentally and obviously competing. Watching him walk, he just doesn’t look supple to me.

“I know the stamina needed to play 72 holes. He may be able to hit balls on a range but there’s a rhythm to that – on a course you get a five-minute gap between two shots. I think maybe he is starting to hit the ball better but it’s the stamina to play.”

Speaking ahead of the British Masters, meanwhile, tournament host Luke Donald told The Guardian there’s a lot of ‘mental anguish’ around Tiger Woods.

“It sounds like clinically he feels fine,” Donald told The Guardian. “He’s just not quite ready to tee it up from a mental standpoint perhaps. That’s certainly what I gathered from his comments. There’s a lot of mental anguish when you take time away. I think obviously Tiger’s got very high standards and expectations.

“There’s a lot of mental anguish when you take time away” 

“I think that you have to weigh that up with that feel of almost failure or fear or anxiety of not performing well. If Tiger Woods is healthy like he says he is, that’s probably what he’s weighing out right now, just feeling comfortable.

“It’s really hard to get comfortable unless you actually put yourself through it. At some point he’s got to jump in, and if he messes up, he’s got a good opportunity to get better the next time he plays.”

Whether his biggest issue is his mental state, his back injury, or technical issues with his game, time is running out for the 14-time major winner.

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