Tiger Woods admitted he would probably never return to professional golf full-time and feared his leg might be amputated as a result of a car accident earlier this year.
The 15-time major champion suffered serious leg injuries in the February crash in California. In an interview with Golf Digest on Monday, he said any return to the sport would be limited.
“I think something realistic is to play the [PGA] tour one day – never full time, never again – but pick and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did. Pick a few events a year and you play around that, ”he said.
Woods sustained open fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg in the accident and said amputation was a very real possibility.
“You train around it and prepare for it. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s a sad reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it, ”he said. “There was a time when, I wouldn’t say it was 50/50, but it was damn close if I had to come out of this hospital with one leg. “
The 45-year-old has already made remarkable returns, especially when he returned from a series of back surgeries to win the 2019 Masters. However, he told Golf Digest his priorities now are his health and his children. .
“I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a good life,” said Woods. “After my back fusion, I had to climb Mount Everest one more time. I had to do it, and I did. This time around I don’t think I’ll have the body to climb Mount Everest and it’s okay.
“I can still play golf. I can always, if my leg is okay, I can always click on a tournament here or there. But in terms of climbing the mountain again and getting to the top, I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation on my part.
Woods’ 12-year-old son Charlie is also a talented golfer and the duo played together at an exhibition event last year. On Monday, Woods said he enjoyed watching his son grow up as a golfer and contributed to the mental aspect of his game.
“I’ve been to golf tournaments to watch him play, and I look at some of these scores he’s shooting and I said, How the hell do you score that high? I have to go check this out, ”Woods said.
“So I was watching him play and he’s doing really well, he’s got a bad hole, he’s losing his temper, his cool takes him to another hit and another hit and it gets worse.” I said, ‘Son, I don’t care how crazy you go. Your head might explode as far as I care as long as you are 100% committed to the next shot ”.
” It’s all that matters. That next hit should be the most important hit of your life. It should be more important than breathing. Once you understand this concept, I think you will improve yourself. And as the rounds continued through the summer, he got so much better.
In May, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods would not receive a citation for the February crash and blamed the incident on the golfer’s excessive speed and loss of control of his vehicle. . The Sheriff’s Department added that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash and Woods appeared to be sober when police arrived at the scene.