Tiger Woods' future in professional golf has reached a crossroads with his latest back surgery. Count Nick Faldo among observers who doubt Woods can return to being dominant.
"It's really, really unlikely he could win another major," Faldo said.
Woods hopes to return to PGA competition in 2016 following Sept. 16's surgery. He last played at mid-August's Wyndham Championship, showing flashes of great play while leading early in the tournament.
A checkup after that tournament found Woods needed further surgery in the area doctors operated in March 2014.
Woods canceled plans for PGA Tour events the rest of the year, hoping to return well ahead of the 2016 Masters. He played 11 times in 2015, finishing in the top 10 once — tied for the position at the Wyndham.
With his 40th birthday coming in December, Woods has not won a tournament since 2013, and has not won a major tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open.
"For 20 years he played incredible golf," Faldo said. "In the last five years everything has changed."
Young players, Faldo said, are not longer in awe of Woods.
U.S. professionals play into the 40s — Phil Mickelson is 45 and a member of the team that faces an international squad in the Presidents Cup, which begins Oct. 8 in South Korea.
Faldo believes the demands of golf today are too much for Woods to again be a factor. But he also doubts any young player, including Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, will reach the level of dominance Woods achieved.
Faldo, 58, is from England. He won the Masters three times and the British Open three times.