Tiger Woods’ caddie reveals when golf great is likely to return after ruling out retirement at The Open


TIGER WOODS’ caddie has revealed his plans for the year ahead and when he’s likely to return to action.

The golf legend ruled out retiring from the sport after his appearance at The Open in Scotland last week.

Tiger Woods and caddie Joe LaCava at The Open last week

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Tiger Woods and caddie Joe LaCava at The Open last weekCredit: Getty
Tiger Woods played St Andrews for possibly the final time last week

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Tiger Woods played St Andrews for possibly the final time last weekCredit: Rex

Woods missed the cut and had a tear in his eye as he walked down St Andrews’ 18th hole for possibly the final time.

But the 46-year-old insisted he isn’t thinking about retirement even if he has no immediate plans to play.

He told reporters: “Maybe something next year. I don’t know. But nothing in the near future.

“This is it. I was just hoping to play this one event this year.”

But his long-term caddie Joe LaCava shed more light on Woods’ likely schedule.

He appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning.

He wants Woods to play “three, maybe four” tournaments before the Masters in April.

That would begin with the Hero World Challenge in December, followed by the PNC Championship with his son Charlie.

LaCava also hopes Woods will compete at the Genesis Invitational ahead of tackling Augusta.

He added: “I’ll say, ‘Hey, Tiger, listen. If you’re starting to feel better, maybe in October, November, maybe I’ll come down [to Florida] for a couple weeks, we’ll hang out.

“‘We don’t have to play every day, we don’t have to practice every day. I’ll be there and maybe give you a little motivation.

“‘We’ll go down and play and practice a little bit here and there to get ready for the Hero and get ready for the following year of 2023.’

“We’ll get him ready in any respect that he needs.”

Woods was forced to pull out of the PGA Championship and US Open this year after his injuries from a horror car crash.

But he tried his utmost to play at both Augusta and St Andrews and hopes to continue.





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