Tiger Woods (Photo: Getty Images) -

Tiger Woods (Photo: Getty Images) –

Tiger Woods has lost the “desire and energy” to “climb back up the mountain” and rediscover his best form as a golfer, his former swing coach says.

Woods, 39, announced an indefinite break from the game this week.

Hank Haney, who spent six years with the 14-time major champion, told BBC Radio 5 live that Woods had “no choice” but to withdraw from competitive golf.

“Whatever the reason, he definitely has not practised like he did earlier in his career – and it shows,” Haney said.

“Make no mistake about it, this is not a bump, this is not a hill… this is a mountain he has to climb to get anywhere near back to where he was.

“Has he lost the desire and energy? I don’t think there is any doubt. Who knows when we’ll see him again?”

Read more at: BBC Sport