25 Feb 2015

Norman has doubts about Tiger's future

11:44 am on 25 February 2015

The Australian golf legend Greg Norman says Tiger Woods is mentally unravelled, his body is breaking down and he doubts the American will return to top form.

Norman made the dire assessment of the once formidable Woods in a live nationally-broadcast TV interview in the US.

Australian golf legend Greg Norman

Australian golf legend Greg Norman Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Norman says he doubts the world will once again see an all-conquering Woods, not the way he was from 2000 on for that period.

The 39-year-old Woods was a force on the PGA Tour since turning professional in 1996, winning the Masters the next year and collecting another 13 majors and 79 PGA Tour victories.

But, his career and personal life broke down in late 2009 when it was revealed he had cheated on his wife Elin Nordegren with multiple women.

Tiger Woods chase for major titles has stalled at 14 with on going back problems.

Tiger Woods chase for major titles has stalled at 14 with on going back problems. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Woods has attempted several comebacks, but this year after shooting the worst round of his professional career, an 82, in Phoenix and then withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open in California after 11 holes due to back pain, Woods announced he was taking a break.

Norman says his body is starting to show a lot of let-down, he's hit a lot of golf balls.

The Australian says Woods has a lot of power and flexibility and when you have power and flexibility, something has to give - your little joints, you've got Achilles problems, back problems.

But Norman says Woods' physical condition is not his greatest concern.

The Australian, who is also known for his mental breakdowns on the golf course, believes Woods has lost his confidence, particularly with his short game.

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