The last couple years have been tough for Tiger Woods.
Multiple surgeries. Back pain. The sense of invincibility that he’d always carried—and the collective belief that he would one day triumphantly return to the top echelon of golf—shattered. From the outside, as 2015 wound down, Woods seemed humbled, reflective, and increasingly unlikely to contend in competition again.
But in a new interview, Woods’ caddie Joe LaCava told ESPN that he’s not giving up on the 14-time major champ just yet.
“I still have faith he’s going to continue to do well and win,” LaCava said. “My thought is he will overcome the injury or whatever you want to call it…My outlook is basically the same as when I started with him. He’s Tiger Woods.”
LaCava has worked with Woods since 2011. For now, LaCava is waiting it out at home in Connecticut and spending his down time on the links himself. He has turned down offers of employment from other golfers, preferring to stick with Tiger, banking on the talent and drive that he’s certain is still there.
“I know what he’s capable of,” he said. “I saw it these years I worked for him. We all know he has the ability.”
You can read the rest of the interview here.