Tiger Woods is unable to set a timeframe for his return to golf

Tiger Woods is unable to set a timeframe for his return to golf
Source: Golf.com

Tiger Woods has described his recovery from a life-threatening automobile accident in February as the most difficult of his career, admitting that he considers himself fortunate to be alive.

Tiger Woods spoke to the media ahead of the Hero World Challenge for the first time since receiving catastrophic injuries to his lower right leg, foot, and ankle in a car accident on February 23.

Prior to the incident in Los Angeles, the 15-time major champion had undergone surgery ten times – five times on his knee and five times on his back – and was hospitalised for three weeks after the crash before completing his rehabilitation at home.

Due to the severity of his current injuries, Woods disclosed that amputation of his right leg “was on the table,” and the former world No. 1 also discussed the challenges he had in the early stages of his recuperation.

“This one has been a lot harder,” Woods remarked. “The operations I underwent on my left knee were one thing, and that was one level. Then there’s the back fusion, which is a whole new level. It’s tough to describe how awful it was to remain motionless for three months with this right leg.

“I couldn’t wait to get out of the house. That was one of my objectives. That was the ideal, especially for someone who had spent his entire life outside. I finally got to the stage where I was able to shift from a wheelchair to crutches and then to nothing. It’s taken a lot of effort.

“It’s been difficult at times. Yes, there were some gloomy periods, but as I progressed through them, I could also see some brightness, which gave me hope. I’m able to devote more time to my children and their interests, as well as to life in general.

“I’m lucky to be alive, but I’m even luckier to still have the limb.” Those are the two most important factors. I’m grateful that someone was looking after me upstairs, and that I’m able to not only be here but also walk without a prosthesis.”

Woods told Golf Digest earlier this week that a comeback to the top of the sport was “not a realistic expectation,” and the 45-year-old acknowledged being in discomfort merely sitting down at the news conference.

“I haven’t reached that place internally,” Woods continued. “I haven’t shown myself that I am capable of doing it. I can come here and organise an event, play a par-three course, hit a few shots, and chip and putt.

“If we’re talking about competing against the best in the world on the most challenging golf courses under the toughest conditions, I’m a long way off. To reach that stage, I still have a long way to go.

“I’m still undecided about whether I want to go to that stage. I need to get my leg to a position where that decision can be made, and then we’ll see what happens from there, but I still have a long way to go with this limb.”

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