Image copyright ITAI RAINEY / Getty Images Image caption Tiger Woods loves golf but has never been a golf fan
Tiger Woods is “not” looking to come back to professional golf on a full-time basis at the end of his injury comeback.
Woods, who has not played since last September because of back surgery, returns to action this week at the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open.
“I’m not looking to get involved in the golf schedule at all unless it’s something I enjoy,” he said.
The 40-year-old American won 14 major titles, including the US Open in 1997, but has not won a tournament since 2013.
Woods, who took a break from professional golf in 2013 and 2014 because of his health and form, admits it will be a long, tough road back to the top of the sport.
“It’s going to take quite a bit of time for me to get back to the place I was,” he said.
“I’m very realistic that I’m going to have to start somewhere and a lot of that will depend on my health.”
Image copyright PGA / Getty Images Image caption Woods poses with the 2013 Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool
Woods has previously hinted he might return in two tournaments – the Australian Open and the USPGA Tour’s championship in August – but he has now appeared to rule himself out of any appearance in the United States PGA Tour’s year-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.
“I don’t know exactly when I’m going to get there,” he added.
“When the time is right, I’ll make a decision. But it’s going to take a lot of time.”