Tiger Woods’ former coach Hank Haney believes it will now be impossible for the player to rediscover his previous form.
The American received more bad news last week as he was sent for a third operation on his back in a bid to relieve the discomfort he has felt following his last surgery in September.
Woods is still to decide when he will be fit to return to the course and having not won a tournament in more than two years, his career appears to heading firmly in the wrong direction.
Despite this, there are still many in the game who believe his natural talent makes it inevitable that he will one day return to add to his current tally of 14 majors.
Haney is not in that camp and feels too much has occurred both on and off the course for the 39-year-old to get back to his best.
The 60-year-old helped the world number 362 out of one of his previous slumps by reshaping his swing, but he now believes the time he has spent away from the game over the years means he is unlikely to make an impact again.
“He’s on bed rest and we don’t know when he’s going to come back,” Haney told SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. “Now I think the real question switches to ‘When will we ever see Tiger again? Will we ever see Tiger again? And what will his game be like?’
“My diagnosis is the fact that he’s missed so much time. You add up the knee injury, you add up the scandal, you add up everything you want to add up and it equals six-and-a-half years of the last nine years.”