Sport

Woods 'can't push it' on road to recovery, says Day

Tiger Woods laughs with Jason Day before at last year's British Open at St Andrews in Scotland.
Tiger Woods laughs with Jason Day before at last year's British Open at St Andrews in Scotland. Jon Super

GOLF: Jason Day says good friend Tiger Woods will not be back on the PGA Tour until next year.

The former world No.1 had mooted a return for last week's Safeway tournament in California before heading off for next month's Turkish Open but pulled out of both events.

A long-term back problem has kept Woods off the circuit for more than a year and Day said he wasn't sure when the 14-time major winner would come back.

"He saw Phil Mickelson playing well at the (British) Open Championship, and that got him going,” the Australian said.

"But he knows he can't push it.

"I never really had any faith in him coming back this year.

"The state of his game, I'm not sure.

"His back is so sore. I think we'll see him sometime next year, but I'm not sure when.”

Day, who has been struggling with a back problem himself for the past few months, said fans might never get to see Woods dominate as he did in the past.

"The game is so tight with how competitive it is and how hard it is to win,” the world No.1 said.

"I don't think winning is going to come as easily as it was for him back in the past.”

Woods has not won since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Day said it would be tough for Woods to try to return to the form that helped him to dominate the game in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

"I think the hardest thing for him is just to try and get the rust out and really get back to game-ready sharpness, which is obviously a difficult thing to do,” he said.

"Although we're expecting big things, I don't expect too much from him, even though he is Tiger Woods.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him play again, seeing what the state of his game is.

"There's been a couple of times where I feel like he may have come back too soon and kind of injured himself a little bit more and that's what's kept him out of the game so long.”

Topics:  jason day pga tour tiger woods


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

EXPLAINED: Bushfire emergency terms broken down

CONCERN BUT NO PANIC: A huge bushfire impacts Peregian Springs and Coolum residents as the flames threaten their homes. The fire burnt over 500 hectares and dozens of emergency crews were deployed throughout the night. Firemen battle the heat and the blaze.

Emergency alerts and lingo in layman's terms

Man receives head injury in car, bicycle crash

RACQ Careflight Rescue helicopter, generic. Photo Contributed

Man airlifted to hospital after motorway collision

Inside the fire zone: Coolum blaze devastation

Wildlife rescue workers go looking for injured wildlife

Local Partners

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

MACKAY will play host to one of the world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John later this year.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trespass Against Us a 'tender' crime film

Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in a scene from the movie Trespass Against Us.

Tough British film about criminal clan proves touching

Crocodile, hippo fears as I'm A Celeb filming hit by flooding

Flooding hits the set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Fears crocodiles and hippos could infiltrate I'm A Celeb camp

Small screen users make switch to smaller screens

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2013, a girl plays Supercelll's Hay Day game on an iPad. The Finnish 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, it plans to launch its third game next month on a tide of soaring revenues and profits. The new game, 'Boom Beach,' will be launched in March. It's been tested in Canada and Australia, ranking fifth in both countries' iPhone app store lists, according to the company. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Milla Takala)  FINLAND OUT

The digital age generation makes the switch

Nadia visits Coast to escape Married At First Sight drama

Married At First Sight's Nadia Stamp takes a breather from the show's drama at Mooloolaba.

MAFS bride unwinds on the Coast ahead of commitment ceremony

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!