Tiger Woods is not going to see the opening of the short course he redesigned at Pebble Beach later this month. At least not in person. He’ll likely just be starting his rehab for the injuries he received in a horrific February car crash.
Woods has been working with Pebble Beach since 2019 to redesign “The Hay,” the nine-hole course at the famed resort that’s open to the public. The course will open on April 16th.
According to Golf Digest, Woods reached out to Pebble Beach to help when he spotted construction equipment at the course.
“From our standpoint, it was a natural fit,” Pebble Beach Director of Golf John Sawin told Golf Digest at the time. “Tiger and his team are very fun, creative people. And they have experience building these fun, dynamic playable short courses that are interesting and challenging for avid golfers, but still fun and playable for beginners.
Woods fractured his leg and ankle in a Feb. 23 car crash in Los Angeles. Police said that they’ve determined the cause of the crash. They’re not releasing it, however, until Woods waives his privacy in the case, The Hollywood Reporter said. Though, police do not plan to charge the golf legend in the crash.
“We don’t contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said last month. “This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime. They do happen, unfortunately.”
Woods said in a recent tweet that he has returned to his south Florida home.
Doctor Says Tiger Woods May Need Year of Rehab
Doctor Matt Provencher, who works with the NFL and MLB, detailed what he believes will happen next for Tiger Woods in a recent video. He explained Woods’ injuries were severe and will need a long recovery period. He compared them to those of Washington quarterback Alex Smith, who needed 17 surgeries to repair the damage.
However, it’s unclear how extensive the damage was to Woods’ leg and ankle. Or how successful surgeons have been so far. Though, Provencher is estimating a lengthy rehab period based on the type of injuries. Though, he is hopeful that Woods will be able to return to professional golf at some point.
“I expect Tiger to be rehabilitating from 8 – 12 months, but could be back much sooner if he doesn’t need additional surgery,” Provencher says in the video. “If the healing process goes as planned, we will see Tiger back on the course.”
Whether Woods intends to return to golf is unclear.