Tiger Woods has ruled out a full-time return to professional golf, but said he still intends to take part in touring events as he continues to recover from a life-threatening car accident .
Woods opened up about his progress and remaining ambitions in the sport, a week after posting a short clip on his official Twitter account showing him hitting balls at a training ground.
The 45-year-old had to undergo surgery on open fractures in his lower right leg and other foot and ankle injuries following the single vehicle crash in February, and has stated at one point that he feared his leg might be amputated.
Woods had completed a remarkable recovery from back surgery to win his 15th major Masters title in 2019, but effectively ruled out the possibility of a repeat, telling Golf Digest: “I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world have a good life.
âAfter my back fusion, I had to climb Mount Everest one more time. I had to do it, and I did.
âThis time around, I don’t think I’ll have the body to climb Mount Everest and that’s okay. I can still play golf. I can always, if my leg is okay, click on a tournament here or there.
âBut as far as climbing the mountain again and climbing to the top, I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation on my part.
âI think something realistic is to play the tour someday – never full time again, never again – but choose and choose, just like Mr (Ben) Hogan did. Pick a few events a year and play around them.
Woods, who was traveling at nearly double the legal speed limit when he crashed, was hospitalized for weeks before returning home to Florida, where he continues to undergo lengthy rehabilitation.
âIt’s been a hell of a road, it’s been long and painful but I’m making really positive progress,â added Woods.
âI had some really tough days and a few setbacks here and there, but overall everything is going well. I just wish I could do everything I used to do, but I’m not quite there yet.
Referring to his fears that his injuries were so bad he could lose his leg, Woods added, “I wouldn’t say it was 50-50, but it was damn close if I had to get out of this. hospital with one leg. “
Woods is due to hold his first press conference since the Hero World Challenge event crash in Albany on Tuesday.
However, he cautioned that his return to public life is being interpreted as a signal that he is approaching the start of his final return attempt.
âI still have a ways to go – I’m not even halfway there,â Woods added.
âI have so much more muscle building and nerve development than I need to do in my leg. In parallel, I underwent five back operations. So, as the leg strengthens, the back can sometimes react – it’s a tough road. “