Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker

About a month ago, Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic and Genesis Open due to back spasms. The news was disconcerting because Woods simply has not been healthy in a long time. Since 2014, he has only played in 19 PGA Tour events with just one Top 10 finish.

Woods did not compete at all in 2016 due to multiple back operations.

On Tuesday, Steve Stricker shared his thoughts on Woods’ health and they were not good to say the least. Stricker said, “He’s working hard at it, but I don’t think he’s doing that well right now physically.”

Stricker has been communicating with Woods via text and also getting updates about the 14-time major winner from sources like Woods’ friends and agent Mark Steinberg. He also forecasted some caution about when Woods may come back.

“Obviously he has to get his body right first before he can compete,” said Stricker. “Then it’s going to take to take some time for him to come back believing in his swing and trusting his ability again.”

It has been nine years since we saw Woods outlast Rocco Mediate in an epic finish at the 2008 U.S. Open. Whether we will ever see him compete at that level again-let alone win another major-looks as cloudy as ever.

h/t: espn.com, businessinsider.com, golf.com