Tiger Woods Opens Up About The Future
Golfing great Tiger Woods on Tuesday for the first time since his Feb. 23 car crash addressed the media at a news conference. He arrived at the conference without his crutches but spoke about how his body hurt from just being there and sitting down.
While he offered nothing more about his leg-shattering car crash, he did seem sure about being a “long way” off from making a return to professional golf.
Woods pointed out the massive difference between hosting an event or even just playing a par-3 course versus going up against the world’s best players on the world’s most difficult courses. He said the latter is currently nowhere near his reach.
St. Andrews A Likely Motivation
Speaking at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas where he’s currently hosting the Hero World Challenge, Woods appeared hopeful that he would indeed one day play at Scotland’s St. Andrews golf course again. He said St. Andrews is his all-time favourite golf course in the world and that he’s looking forward to making his return.
But the golfing great clearly holds no misgivings about what it would take to get there from a physical point of view.
Woods came scarily close to having his right leg amputated following the life-threatening car crash in Los Angeles. According to police officials, he had been driving in excess of 84 miles per hour when he lost control of his SUV before crossing a median and tumbling down a hill.
He sustained several injuries, including a fractured fibula and tibia in his right leg.
He Needs To Want A Comeback
While Woods told reporters that he had no more to add to the publicly available police reports regarding the accident, he did reveal how he felt lucky to be alive and with the use of his right leg intact.
The golfer explained that he had spent three months in a makeshift hospital bed installed in his Florida home before even having been able to attempt just getting up and moving around with the help of crutches.
Woods had suffered several injuries also to his left knee even before the car crash. To date, five surgeries have been performed on his left knee, one of which had taken place only a week after he won the 2008 US Open.
Even so, Woods revealed on Tuesday how he knew the “recipe” for making comeback after a long layoff. He said the trick now was to reach a point where he feels comfortable enough to want to make a push for a worthwhile return.