Tiger overthinking his return, suggests Player

Nine-time major winner Gary Player believes Tiger Woods may be overthinking his game, after the former world number one's continued recovery from a back injury forced him to pull out of the Masters.

Woods spent 15 months out after three back surgeries and was back on the PGA Tour in January, when he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Similar issues forced him to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic the following week, and on Friday he announced he would not be taking part Augusta next week.

Player believes Woods has discovered difficulties in trying to rebuild his game after taking advice from a range of professionals during his comeback and those problems weigh heavier than his injury woes.

Player told Omnisport: "I think Tiger Woods' problems have been not only his injuries, he's been very confused about the golf swing.

"He was playing so well then had lessons from all these different pros and I think they got him very confused - I think that was his main issue.

"You know, golfers can play with injuries. We all have had to play with sore backs and sore legs and sore arms and sore necks, and Tiger Woods won the US Open with a very bad knee. But I think he's got very confused about the golf swing, I think that's what his main problem is quite honestly."

Woods and Player are two of the five players to have won all four majors in the Masters era, the former's total haul of 14 outstripping the South African's nine.

Asked whether the chance for Woods to add to his tally is gone, Player replied: "Only God knows that. It doesn't it look very good. But Tiger Woods is so talented that we just never know.

"You cannot really say, it's something time will tell. He's got a monumental challenge ahead of him, but we are all hoping that he comes back strong.

"We are all hoping that he can win another golf tournament and we're all hoping he can win a major, but let's go a step at a time. Everybody is pulling for him to do well."

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