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Justin Rose says 'golf not desperate’ for Woods return

Justin Rose does not believe golf is in any rush to see Tiger Woods make his comeback thanks to the sport being in such good shape with many emerging young talents.

It was confirmed on Monday by Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg that the 14-time major champion had been given the all-clear to begin ‘full golf activity’ again – six months after his latest back surgery. This came after a video posted by Woods on social media on Sunday evening showed him hitting driver shots.

However, with six of the world’s top players in their 20’s, and American trio Brooks Koepka, 27, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, both 24, all winning major titles in 2017, Olympic champion Rose believes the sport is doing just fine at present.

“I think golf has found itself in a really healthy spot without Tiger at the moment,” the Englishman told sport24 in a teleconference ahead of next month’s Hong Kong Open.

“So many young players have come through and filled the void. I think to have him back is just a bonus. I don't think golf is desperate for him back.

“Everyone just wants to see a healthy Tiger Woods. It's almost gone past the point of thinking, ‘Oh we all really want to see Tiger win 18 majors’.

“I think that we want him back, just because of what's he's meant to the sport for the last 20 years.”





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