Tiger Woods made his first public appearance on Tuesday morning since the horrific crash that left a long road to rehab – where leg amputation was on the table at one point.
Ahead of the Hero World Challenge, Tiger sat with a pool of reporters. And while he didn’t get into specifics on the crash itself, he made it clear that the rehab will likely prohibit him from ever returning to golf on a full-time basis again.
“I got that last major, and I ticked off two more events along the way,” he said to ESPN. “I don’t foresee this leg ever being what it used to be, hence I’ll never have the back what it used to be, and clock’s ticking. I’m getting older, I’m not getting any younger. All that combined means a full schedule and a full practice schedule and the recovery that would take to do that … no, I don’t have any desire to do that.
“But to ramp it up for a few events a year and, as I alluded to Mr. [Ben] Hogan did, and he did a pretty good job of it, and there’s no reason that I can’t do that and feel ready. I may not be tournament-sharp in a sense that I haven’t played tournaments, but I think if you practice correctly and you do it correctly, that I’ve come off surgeries before. So I know the recipe for it, I’ve just got to get to a point where I feel comfortable enough where I can do that again.”
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 30, 2021
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Tiger Woods would go on to talk about the rehab process, admitting that his life was on the line way back when his car turned off a cliff during a visit to California.
“I’m lucky to be alive and also have a limb,” Woods said. “I transitioned from a wheelchair to crutches and now nothing. It’s been a lot of hard work.”
So while the future of what Tiger Woods’ involvement in the PGA Tour is still up-in-the-air, we now know that he will not be competing the same way we were accustomed to on a week-to-week basis.
“I have a long way in the rehab process of this leg, and it’s not the fun stuff of the rehab,” Woods said. “It’s just reps and breaking up scar tissue and things that really hurt. So that part of it’s not going to be fun, but the challenge of it is. I enjoy the challenge of getting in there and trying to push it to the next level; sometimes it’s two steps forward, one step back, but you’ve got to go through it. I enjoy that part of it, and maybe one day it will be good enough where I can get out here and I can compete against these best players in the world again.”
We all hope to see Tiger Woods out in the Sunday red once again. But it’s not gonna be happening any time soon.