Los Angeles (AFP)
Tiger Woods described his rehabilitation from injuries sustained in a car crash in February as the most “painful” experience of his career and declined to comment on his possible return to the sport, Golf Digest reported Thursday.
In a brief interview with the magazine’s website, Woods said he aimed to be able to walk on his own as he recovered from several fractures to his right leg suffered in the crash in California three months ago.
The former world number one and 15-time major winner is no stranger to rehabilitation, having undergone multiple back and knee surgeries over the years to extend his career.
However, the 45-year-old told Golf Digest his previous stints in recovery were pale compared to where he is now.
“It was a whole different animal,” Woods told Golf Digest. “I understand the rehabilitation process better because of my past injuries, but it has been more painful than anything I have ever experienced. “
The report said it was unclear whether Woods would need additional procedures or if he would be able to regain the full strength and mobility of his leg.
The magazine said Woods declined to comment when asked about his hopes of playing golf again, responding that his immediate priority was to walk unaided.
“My physiotherapy kept me busy,” said Woods. “I’m doing my routines every day and I’m focused on my # 1 goal right now: walking alone. Take one step at a time.
A photo of Woods posted to Instagram this week shows the golfer on crutches with a supportive stocking covering his right leg, no longer wearing a protective boot he had used earlier this year.
Woods meanwhile said he was grateful for the support he received from around the world during his recovery.
“It’s amazing,” said Woods. “I have had so much support from people both inside and outside of golf which means a lot to me and has helped me tremendously.
Woods was recovering from back surgery at the time of his accident in February.
Police discovered Woods was driving near double the legal speed limit when his SUV got out of control and rolled over several times before stopping.
Woods was hospitalized for weeks before returning home to Florida in March.
He underwent hours of surgery to repair a broken right leg and ankle, including inserting a rod into his shin and screws and pins used to stabilize his ankle.
Woods had undergone a series of back operations before making a fairytale comeback that saw him win the 2019 Masters for his first major title since the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.
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