LOS ANGELES – Tiger Woods stated he’ll return to play golf on the PGA Tour; he simply doesn’t know when.
As Woods, 46, approached the anniversary of a automobile accident that just about price him his proper leg and led to a number of surgical procedures, he stated on Wednesday he was making progress – however not almost as quick as he would love.
“I want I may let you know once I play once more,” Woods stated at a information convention on the Genesis Invitational, which can profit his basis. “I wish to know, however I do not. My interest of golf has been very restricted. I can chip and fall very well and hit brief irons, however I have never accomplished any lengthy stuff critically. I am nonetheless working.
“I am nonetheless engaged on the strolling part. The foot was a bit of messy there a few 12 months in the past, so the strolling part is one thing I nonetheless work on, I make energy and progress in it. It is irritating that it isn’t on my schedule. I wish to be in a sure place, however I do not no.
On February 23, 2021, Woods was concerned in a automobile crash close to the Riviera Nation Membership. The SUV he was driving crossed two oncoming lanes, collided with a curb and fell down a tree downhill within the Rolling Hills Estates, simply outdoors of Los Angeles. He had his seat belt mounted, and police nonetheless discovered him sitting in an SUV.
Woods was taken by ambulance to Harbor-UCLA Medical Middle. He had open fractures within the higher and decrease tibia and a tibia in the correct leg. He informed reporters on the Hero World Problem within the Bahamas in late November that docs nearly needed to amputate his proper leg.
“It’s modified,” Woods stated. “My proper foot would not look left, let’s simply say it.”
Woods stated he has not been capable of improve his golf exercise outdoors of chipping and falling as a result of it could require him to place an excessive amount of weight and torque on his proper foot.
“I can stroll on the treadmill all day, it’s straightforward,” Woods stated. “It is simply straight; there aren’t any bumps on the highway. However strolling on a golf course with waves, I’ve a protracted solution to go. My ft weren’t in an excellent place there a few 12 months in the past, and I’ve needed to undergo a number of totally different operations and a number of totally different Eventualities.
“It has been exhausting, however I’ve gotten right here, I’ve gotten this far and I nonetheless have a protracted solution to go. Each day is a wrestle, and I am proud of it. Rise up within the morning, let’s go just a few extra laps.”
In mid-December, Woods was capable of play in a 36-hole mixing occasion together with his son Charlie. Woods used the Golf Cart and walked.
“I can nonetheless play, however I’m in a cart,” Woods stated. “Being a warrior on the weekend is simple; it isn’t that onerous. Hit your ball, bounce on the cart, experience, barely step on the cart, seize your racket and hit the following one. And your longest stroll might be what, cart inexperienced and again.
“I can do it; it isn’t that onerous. However strolling on the golf course is an entire totally different factor. Then strolling right here for days in a row, lengthy days. Remember when my again was unhealthy after we had rain delays. And I needed to reactivate every part and get again there. once more, I nonetheless have that downside. “
Woods, a five-time Masters champion, didn’t say he would attempt to compete in a par-3 event at Augusta Nationwide in April.
Though the 15-time champion gained’t get again on tour this season, he says he’s fortunate to be in his present place – although he’s nonetheless a good distance from enjoying competing golf.
“I’m very fortunate, very fortunate,” Woods stated. “As lots of , I did not know if I used to be going to have a proper foot or not. So having the ability to preserve my proper foot nonetheless right here is large. I nonetheless have a number of issues with it. Nevertheless it’s mine, and I am very grateful for that. Thanks to all of the surgeons and docs and nurses for all of the numerous surgical procedures we went by and the numerous rehabilitation remedies and [physical therapy] the classes are uncooked, however it’s nonetheless mine, and I’m very grateful for that. “