There is no question of returning to golf full time. Tiger Woods, 45 years old and fifteen major tournaments on the clock, excluded this hypothesis in an interview with the magazine Golf Digest. The American, who is recovering from serious injuries to his right leg nine months after a car accident in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, will only play the few events he wants if he can.
“I think it is realistic to think that I will play on the circuit again one day, never more full time but choosing the events that suit me, explains the former world No. 1, who had to heal multiple fractures afterwards. its swerving. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play from now on. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. I understand it, and I accept it. “
Prior to his departure from the road, Woods had already reduced his schedule due to the multiple back and knee surgeries he had undergone over the years.
“I don’t need to play against the best players in the world to have a good life,” he continues. After my back operations (between 2014 and 2017), I had to climb Everest once more. I did it. But now I don’t think I have the body to climb Everest. “
“It was damn close to leaving the hospital with one leg missing”
Woods even said he feared an amputation. “There was a while, I won’t say it was 50/50, but it was damn close to leaving the hospital with one leg missing,” he blurted out. Nine months has been a very long time. Three weeks in the hospital, then three months in a hospital bed at home doing nothing. It was difficult times. I was looking at my garden outside. I’m a golf addict and I just wanted to hit a good ball (…) I still have so far to go. I’m not even halfway through nine months after. “
The title, which came out of nowhere for a sparkling victory at the Augusta Masters in 2019, generated a buzz a few days ago after posting on Twitter a video of himself hitting balls, with only comment. : “Progress in progress”.
The golfer with a thousand lives, who rose very high on the courses but also descended very low in life because of his addictions, must make his first public appearance this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, a tournament that raises funds for its foundation.