Steve Stricker does not expect his close friend Tiger Woods to be teeing it up anytime soon, casting serious doubt as to whether the 14-time major champion will compete in next month's Masters.
Stricker, who will captain the United States at the 2017 Presidents Cup later this season, was particularly worried about the way Woods was moving at last month's Dubai Desert Classic.
According to a report from ESPN, Stricker has since been in close contact with Woods as he recovers from reported back spasms.
"He's working hard at it," said Stricker, "but I don't think he's doing that well physically."
"Just the way he was walking [in Dubai] didn't look quite right. Walking very gingerly. Slow and methodical. It didn't really look physically like he was ready to play.
"If he's not able to swing the way he wants to swing or has the power, the game can be pretty tough. It's amazing, you need every fibre of your body. If your big toe is hurting you can have an issue. It's crazy. You need to be healthy, if not it's a tough game."
With Stricker's lack of enthusiasm over Woods' current condition, and Woods' agent Mark Steinberg revealing there are still no updates on his client's condition, it would appear likely the four-time Masters champion is going to miss out on the first major of the year at Augusta National from April 6 to 9.
Should that be the case, it will mark the third time in the last four years that Woods has not played in the tournament.
Woods will act as one of Stricker's vice-captains when the Presidents Cup tees off at Liberty National from September 28 to October 1.