In an interview, Tiger Woods shares his doubts of becoming a full-time golfer again. He is still recovering from a car crash.
In the height of his career, Tiger Woods was listed on the PGA Tour schedule every week. Game after game, highlights of these days show the athlete on the course, day in and day out. Now, the 45-year old shares his belief that those times are long over.
Woods sits down with Golf Digest on Monday and discusses his doubts of being back on the green in a full-time capacity: “I think something that is realistic is playing the Tour one day — never full-time ever again — but pick and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did. “You pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that.”
This is his first in-depth interview since his horrifying car crash. He is still recovering from comminuted open fractures to his tibia and the fibula in his right leg. The situation was so dire that doctors were considering amputation.
“There was a point in time when, I wouldn’t say it was 50/50, but it was damn near there if I was going to walk out of that hospital with one leg,” the athlete shares.
Bed-ridden for three months, Woods recalls the early stages of his rehabilitation process. From being in a wheelchair, to working with crutches, the star is still recovering. Now, at least, he is moving more independently.
“I hadn’t been able to do the one thing I love to do: I love to go outside and just be outside,” he says. “Sometimes I just crutch and lay on the grass for an hour because I want to be outside. Missing the contact of a golf ball hit properly is one of the better feelings.”
Tiger Woods’ Career Expectations
While Woods does not see himself being on the PGA Tour every week, he hopes to make a more realistic comeback. Beginning to practice putting again, Woods likes the prospect of being involved in the sport without as much pressure.
“I can still participate in the game of golf,” he says. “I can still, if my leg gets OK, I can still click off a tournament here or there. But as far as climbing the mountain again and getting all the way to the top, I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation of me.”
At this point, Woods’ career is well-established and respected. Playing the game for the love of it is more valuable than winning another trophy. It’s about being thankful for the opportunity to play the game at all.
“I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life.”