Tiger Woods is set to retire from the sport after being told his cancer had progressed to a stage where it was impossible to play competitively.
In a statement released to the media on Monday, Woods said: “I have decided to step away from golf.
I will not play competitive golf again and I am deeply saddened to be leaving this beautiful game.”
The 29-year-old has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his liver.
He will be inducted into the US Hall of Fame on Thursday and his biographical film The Great Tiger will also be released.
However, the golfer has said he is willing to accept a career in politics.
“We will have a discussion about my future and politics,” he said.
Woods will be one of just four players to win three majors and two Olympic gold medals in golf.
His last major win came in 2004 with a fourth-round loss to Tiger Woods in the US Open.
The last time he won a major, he was in the final of the US Ryder Cup in 2010.
Tiger was awarded a US Open trophy in 2016 for his first major triumph in the game, when he won in Dubai.
Since his diagnosis, the golf superstar has struggled to recover from the disease.
When asked if he thought it was possible for him to play again, he replied: “No.”
“He is my idol and he is a friend of mine,” Woods added.
After the announcement, the US Golf Association said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened” by Woods’ decision.
It said it would work with the player’s family, medical staff and sponsors to support them in any way possible.
A statement from the US National Cancer Institute said: “The NCCI supports the American Cancer Society’s ongoing efforts to educate the public about the importance of screening and the importance and benefits of early detection of colorecctal cancers.
Our primary concern is to protect the health and well-being of those who are most at risk.
We support the efforts of the American Golf Association and the American Lung Association to identify the most effective and effective strategies to prevent, detect and treat coloreckal cancers and to reduce their mortality rate.”
US golfer Bubba Watson, who is also a retired golfer, tweeted his support for the retired golf star.
@TigerWoods @USGA Bubba, thank you for your continued dedication and support.
I love your game.
It’s so much more than just golf.
– Bubba (@BubbaWatson) December 11, 2018 Woodss’ retirement was first reported by US Golf Channel.
There are many factors that could have contributed to his decision to end his golf career.
Although the disease is not considered terminal, the cancer has not progressed to stage five in the treatment process.
Cancer experts believe the likelihood of recurrence is low and that there is no risk of recurrences after the first few months of treatment.
Even if he does become more aggressive, Woods’ cancer is likely to remain confined to his liver, which is less than two inches in diameter.
If it were to spread to his lungs, it would be extremely difficult for him and his family to have any type of treatment at all.
As the cancer is not terminal, he would be eligible to return to the sport.
But even if he were to return, he could only be eligible for a limited number of tournaments.
During his time at the Open, Woods was ranked the highest-ranked player at the event, with his score of $1.5m, the highest in the history of the event.
And while he did not win the $1m, he finished runner-up in the FedExCup.
Despite his illness, Woods has enjoyed a strong career in the sport, winning a record four majors and five PGA Tour titles.
Following his retirement, he signed a five-year contract extension that will pay him $25m, with the final two years of that guaranteed at the end of 2018.
I have been working tirelessly to improve my game, both mentally and physically, and I look forward to returning to the field next season.
– Tiger Woods to USA Today Sports in a release The former world number one has been a world-class golfer for his entire career.