Going back to golf full time is out of the question. Tiger Woods, 45 years old and fifteen major tournaments on the clock, ruled out this hypothesis in an interview with Golf Digest magazine. The American, who is recovering from serious injuries to his right leg nine months after a car accident in suburban Los Angeles, California, he’ll only play as few events as he wants if he can.
“I think it’s realistic to think that I will play on the circuit again one day, never again full time but choosing the events that suit me,” explains the former world number 1, who had to treat multiple fractures after his lurch. 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 and accept it. »
Before hitting the road, Woods had already reduced his schedule due to the multiple back and knee surgeries he’s had 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 one more time. I did it. But now I don’t think I have the body to climb Everest. »
“He was very close to leaving the hospital without a leg”
Woods even said he feared amputation. “There was a moment, I won’t say it was 50/50, but it was very close to leaving the hospital without a leg,” he says. Nine months was a long time. Three weeks in the hospital, then three months in a hospital bed at home doing nothing. They were difficult times. I was looking at my garden outside. I am addicted to golf and I just wanted to hit a good ball (…) I still have a long way to go. I’m not even halfway there nine months later. »
The title, which came out of nowhere to a brilliant victory at the Augusta Masters in 2019He had caused a stir a few days ago after posting a video of himself hitting balls on Twitter, with the only comment: “Progress in progress.”
The golfer of a thousand livesclimbed high in the fields but also fell low in life because of his addictions, he is due to make his first public appearance this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, a tournament that raises funds for his foundation.