Justin Rose has welcomed the prospect of Tiger Woods' possible return, but says golf is no longer obsessed with the American star.

Rose plays down Woods hype

Rose plays down Woods hype

Woods appears to be close to making a playing comeback after posting videos on social media showing him practising again.

The 14-time major winner has not played tournament golf since February due to his ongoing back problems, which have required several operations, but could be back in action before the year is out.

However, Rose says the sport is not "desperate" for the 41-year-old's comeback although he admitted it would be good to see the well-known star fit again.

"I think golf has found itself in a really healthy spot without Tiger at the moment," the Englishman said. "So many young players have come through and filled the void. I think to have him back is just a bonus, but I don't think golf is desperate for him back."

He added: "Everyone just wants to see a healthy Tiger Woods. I think that we want him back, just because of what's he's meant to the sport for the last 20 years."