Hoping for return, Tiger Woods admits ‘unfortunate reality’ he likely won’t be same player again

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In his very first in depth interview considering that a February automobile crash, Tiger Woods explained his hope is to return to aggressive golfing, but that he never expects to compete again at the highest stage.

“I believe something that is realistic is enjoying the Tour just one day — under no circumstances entire-time ever again — but choose and select, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did,” Woods said all through a Zoom interview with Golfing Digest. “Choose and pick out a several gatherings a year and you perform about that.

“You exercise around that, and you gear oneself up for that. I believe that is how I am going to have to participate in it from now on. It can be an unlucky reality, but it is my fact. And I comprehend it, and I acknowledge it.”

That believed system has occur a long way from his times in the hospital, when his aim was more on his leg.

“There was a level in time when, I wouldn’t say it was 50/50, but it was damn in close proximity to there if I was going to stroll out of that healthcare facility with one leg,” he said. “After I [kept it], I desired to take a look at and see if I nevertheless had my hands. So even in the healthcare facility, I would have [girlfriend] Erica [Herman] and [friend] Rob [McNamara] toss me a thing. Throw me anything.”

Woods referenced Hogan, who played a confined timetable in the early 1950s following returning from injuries experienced in a auto accident.

The Feb. 23 incident in Southern California in which Woods was driving at a large rate of pace induced significant injuries to his ideal leg and foot. He only not long ago posted a video clip of him hitting a shot from a driving range although putting on a compression sock. The video clip was captioned: “Generating development.”

“I really don’t have to contend and participate in against the best gamers in the environment to have a wonderful daily life,” he explained. “Right after my back fusion, I had to climb Mount Everest just one far more time. I had to do it, and I did. This time around, I will not consider I am going to have the human body to climb Mount Everest and that’s Okay. I can nonetheless participate in the game of golf. I can however, if my leg receives Alright, I can continue to click off a match here or there.

“But as significantly as climbing the mountain again and acquiring all the way to the prime, I don’t assume that’s a reasonable expectation of me.”

Woods’ opinions ended up in progress of the Hero Entire world Problem in the Bahamas, a match he hosts for his basis. Woods is scheduled to do a information meeting on Tuesday.