Gary Player: Tiger Woods has 'the cancer of golf'

Tiger Woods
Nine-time major winner Gary Player believes Tiger Woods won’t win another major title because he is suffering from the ‘cancer of golf’ – the yips.

Speaking ahead of the second annual Gary Player Invitational event at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, Player gave a grave outlook on Woods’ future in the game after he withdrew ahead of the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with back spasms.

To see him chipping the way he does, there's no way he can win

- Gary Player

But the 81-year-old believes it’s the yips – more so than his back troubles – that is holding the 14-time major champion back.

READ MORE -> What’s that on Tiger Woods’ caddie’s sleeve?!

Gary Player 1

“The thing that concerns me about Tiger’s comeback, which nobody is saying much about, is when he was playing a little while ago, he had the yips very badly with the chipping,” Player told Gulf News.

“He was hitting a chip shot in front of him or hitting it over the green. I am so used to seeing him having a chip and he puts the ball two feet from the hole. To see him chipping the way he does, there’s no way he can win. No way at all.

“If you look at Ernie Els, he had this beautiful golf swing, but he got the yips. Look at him in the past 40 tournaments. He’s really struggled to make the cut.

READ MORE -> Tiger Woods signs equipment deal with TaylorMade

Tiger Woods

“The yips is a destroyer; it’s the cancer of golf. Everybody I know got it. Only Jack Nicklaus and I didn’t and I don’t know why. I can’t explain it.”

The yips is a destroyer; it’s the cancer of golf

- Gary Player

“I don’t think he’ll win another major, but I sincerely hope he does. Nothing would give me a greater thrill than Tiger winning another major, but it’s an awfully big task. He has a monumental challenge ahead.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg insisted that his client’s withdrawal in Dubai was purely precautionary and that he hopes to tee it up in the Genesis Open at Riviera in less than two weeks’ time.

Golf News

Rumour: Tiger and Rory to play in new money match
Herman praises Donald Trump after PGA Tour win
Robert MacIntyre makes extraordinary piece of Open history
Brooks Koepka hits out at Holmes over pace of play
The Open: Post-Championship Report Card

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
Review: Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick tips with Denis Pugh and Peter Barber See all videos right arrow

play button
Make a bigger shoulder turn
Watch
play button
Only listen to good advice says Denis Pugh
Watch
play button
How to improve your balance during the golf swing
Watch
play button
Don’t let the hands flip over at impact
Watch
See all videos right arrow