Woods says peak return is not ‘realistic expectation’

NASSAU – Tiger Woods says he looks forward to playing golf again, just not as often, and he doesn’t see himself reaching the top of the sport again because “I don’t think that’s realistic expectation.” mine.”

He said he could find himself picking certain leagues to play in, but not a full-time schedule.

His spaciousness video interview with Golf Digest, with whom he has a financial relationship, was announced Monday ahead of his first press conference since his right leg was badly damaged in a car crash the 23rd. February in suburban Los Angeles.

Woods is the tournament organizer of the World of Heroes Challenge.

The 15-time major champion raised hopes of another comeback when Woods posted a three-second video hitting a short iron with the message, “Progressing.”

He didn’t make it sound as if a comeback was near.

“I have a long way to go,” he said. “I’m not even halfway there yet. I have a lot of muscle growth and nerve growth that I have to do in my legs. Also, as you know, I’ve had five back surgeries. So I have to deal with that. So when the legs get stronger, sometimes the back can work. ”


Woods was recovering from another turn-around procedure earlier in the year when he drove his SUV through the median and it flipped down a steep hill on a winding, winding road in suburban Los Angeles en route to his destination. a television shoot at a golf course.

Doctors said he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg in many places. They are stabilized by a rod in the tibia. A combination of screws and pins was used to stabilize additional ankle and foot injuries.

He last played at the PNC Championship with his son, Charlie, and then had a return procedure Thursday that left him out at the start of the year before the crash.

Woods has had a remarkable comeback, winning the Masters in 2019 following his fourth, fusion surgery on his lower back. He won the Zozo Championship in Japan at the end of the year for his 82nd career win on the PGA Tour, beating Sam Snead for the all-time record.


“I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life. After combining again, I had to climb Everest again. I had to, and I did. This time around, I don’t think I’ll have enough body to climb Everest, and that’s okay. I can still play golf. I still can, if my legs are fine, I can still knock out a tournament here or there.

“But when I climbed the mountain again and got to the top, I don’t think that was my realistic expectation.”

Woods will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in March. The Masters is the first full week of April. Woods doesn’t have a timetable, he just wishes the recovery was quicker.

He said he could envision a career like Ben Hogan after his near-fatal car crash. Hogan competed to a limited schedule, though he still dominated the majors, including winning all three tournaments he played in 1953.


“I think it’s kind of realistic to do the tour one day – never full time again – but pick and choose, like Mr. Hogan did. Pick and choose a few events per year and you’ll play around with that,” he said.

“I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on,” he said. “It’s an unfortunate fact, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”

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