Tiger Woods admits he’s still a long way from returning to golf as he continues to recover from the horrific car crash that almost cost him his life last year… but the sports legend believes he’ll play the tour again one day
- Tiger Woods admits he’s not close to returning to golf after a horrific accident last year.
- Woods suffered several injuries in a car accident in February 2021.
- A year later, the golf legend admits his crash recovery is still ongoing.
- But he has the hope of returning to the sport to play the tour again in the future.
Tiger Woods admitted he’s still a long way from returning to competitive golf, but he believes he’ll play the tour again someday.
Marking the first anniversary of the horrific car crash that nearly cost him his life, the 46-year-old took a deep breath when asked if he was planning a return date or a tournament.
“Dude, I wish I could tell you when I play again,” he said. “I’m still working on the walking part. As you know, my right leg was badly bruised. It is very different from my left, let’s say so. I’m fine on the treadmill. I could walk on it all day, but the undulations you find on the track and all the other factors are another matter entirely. Clearly, I still have a long way to go.”
Tiger Woods admitted that he is still a long way from returning to competitive golf.
Woods is hosting the Genesis Invitational this week in the Riviera, just a few miles from where the crash happened. He seemed to move with more ease than he had last seen in public in December.
He also sounded more optimistic about the difficult road ahead. In December, he said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to put his body through all the pain to try and play again on tour, but ten weeks later he was much more positive.
“I’m making progress and getting a lot stronger,” said Woods, who made his PGA Tour debut 30 years ago. “Every day is a struggle, but I welcome it. I love the challenge and I love getting through a few rounds.”
Woods suffered a string of injuries when he was involved in a near-fatal car accident last year.
The golf legend’s car rolled over several times in a horrific accident in California.
Woods said his chipping and putting is fine, but he still can’t do much work on his long game. “It’s all torque and twisting and my right leg isn’t ready yet,” he said. “I’m getting there, just not at the speed that I would like, and here you have an age factor. Do I think I can play a few tournaments here and there in the future? Yes.’
Tiger was clearly inspired by the “Parent and Child” exhibit he held shortly before Christmas in Orlando, where he rode in a cart between shots and where he and his son Charlie came in second. “Those were the two greatest days in history,” he said.
He also spoke enthusiastically about the upcoming event starting today and featuring all of the top 10 in the world, with Rory McIlroy aptly describing it as “one of those events not to be missed on the tour”. The 32-year-old actor is in Hollywood after his first trip home to Northern Ireland in two years.
One year at Woods admits he’s still nowhere near an emotional return to the sport.
“It was great to introduce my daughter to her extended family for the first time and it’s a really good way to get over the disappointment in Dubai,” he said, referring to his 18th-hole fiasco in his last tournament, where he threw out the ball. a chance to win with a kick into the water in front of the lawn.
“Obviously it was a bad move at a bad time, but I did a lot of things well that week and I worked on a few things that I didn’t like,” added McIlroy, whose consistent form put him back in the top five in the world. for the first time in two years.
“Honestly, the game feels in very good shape. It’s a real pleasure to play on a legendary course like this.”