Tiger Woods on the future of golf: ‘Never full time, never again’


golf legend Tiger Woods sat down for his first in-depth interview since the Los Angeles car crash earlier this year in which his right leg was seriously injured.

Woods was on his way to an appearance on GolfTV on Feb. 23 when he veered his 2021 Genesis GV80 through a median on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates, flipped over multiple times, then crashed into a ditch.

Tiger Woods tees off on the 15th hole during the final round of the PNC Championship last December at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

In an exclusive interview Monday from his South Florida home with golf summary via Zoom, Woods addressed a possible return to the sport, saying, “I think something realistic is to play the trick one day – never full-time, never again – but choose and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did. Pick and choose a few events a year, and you play around that.

William Ben Hogan was a professional golfer whose earnings made him the fourth highest earning player of all time. Hogan’s primary career spanned from 1938 to 1959, but in 1949 he and his wife survived a near-fatal car accident that left him nearly debilitated from his injuries. Hogan then returned to golf professionally, but he chose which tournaments to play. A permanent gallery dedicated to Hogan’s life, career, and return is on display at the United States Golf Association Museum and the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History in New Jersey.

Back in the present day, Woods references the late great golfer’s approach. “I think that’s how I’m going to have to play from now on,” he said. “It’s a sad reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it and I accept it.

Recalled wood golf summaryit is Henni Koyak of five back surgeries he underwent, including a spinal fusion in 2017. After that injury, he said, he “had to climb Mount Everest one more time.”

“I had to do it, and I did it,” Woods said. “This time around, I don’t think I’ll have the body to climb Mount Everest, and that’s okay.”

If his leg fully recovers, Woods says, he still doesn’t think “climbing the mountain again and reaching the top” is a “realistic expectation.”

There has been discussion about whether Woods’ leg should be amputated, he said. He spent three weeks in the hospital and more time afterwards in a rehabilitation center.

Last week, Woods shared a short video on Twitter of himself on the golf greens, fueling hopeful speculation that he would soon return to the PGA. However, he made it clear that he was far from that in reality.

“I have so far to go…I’m not even halfway there,” he said. “I have so much more muscle development and nerve development than I need to do in my leg. At the same time, as you know, I had five back operations. So I have to take care of it. So, as the leg gets stronger, the back can sometimes act. … It’s a tough road.

Meanwhile, Woods enjoys watching his 12-year-old son, Charly, participate in golf tournaments in Florida. He noted that young Charlie had a temper, but said he reminded the child: “Your head could explode for anything that matters to me as long as you are 100% committed to the next move. It’s all that matters. This next move should be the most important move of your life. It should be more important than breathing. Once you understand this concept, I think you will be better off.

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