Golf: Tiger may just have to get stuck in and return: Donald

Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:56pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WATFORD, England (Reuters) - Former world number one Luke Donald spoke with the benefit of experience on Tuesday when the Briton suggested Tiger Woods

may have to simply grit his teeth and commit to a definite comeback date.

Fourteen-times major winner Woods, out for 14 months due to back-related issues, announced this week his game was not sharp enough for a return at the PGA Tour event in California starting on Thursday or at next month's Turkish Airlines Open.

Donald knows the psychological barrier the 40-year-old American has to overcome because the Englishman was sidelined for five months in 2008 after sustaining an injury to his left wrist.

"I'm not sure, when you take a break, if you're ever ready," the tournament host told a news conference ahead of this week's British Masters at The Grove.

"I think sometimes you want to dive in a little bit and get stuck in. It sounds like clinically he's fine, he's just not quite ready to tee it up from a mental standpoint perhaps."

Donald spent 56 weeks at the top of the rankings in four spells in 2011 and 2012 but has since slipped to number 69.

The 38-year-old showed flashes of his old self when he finished second at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina in August and, after taking four weeks off following the conclusion of the FedExCup last month, he is raring to go at The Grove.   Continued...

Team USA vice-captain Tiger Woods during a practice round for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports