Tiger Woods is 39 years old and hasn’t won a major since 2008. He’s ranked 241st in the world and was an absolute disaster at the U.S. Open less than a month ago.
On Tuesday, though, Woods had a newsflash for everyone: He’s not going anywhere.
Woods met with reporters at St. Andrews ahead of this weekend’s British Open, and it only was a matter of time before someone asked about the possibility of him retiring. His response left little doubt.
It’s hard to dispute Tiger on this one, as he’s still 11 years away from qualifying for AARP benefits. Yet Woods didn’t stop there.
“I’m still young,” he added, via ESPN.com. “I’m not 40 yet. I know some of you guys think I’m buried and done, but I’m still right here in front of you. I love playing. I love competing, and I love playing these events.”
It’s clear Woods has plenty of fight left in him, and he’s likely encouraged by his promising performance at the Greenbrier Classic two weekends ago. Woods also has traditionally played very well at the British Open, winning the tournament in back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006.
Woods is far removed from those glory days almost a decade ago, but if you ask him, he also has a long way to go before his playing days are over.
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