In an interview with Golf Digest published Monday, Nov. 29, Tiger Woods revealed that he would “never” play golf again full time after being severely injured in a car crash earlier this year.
“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,” Woods told interviewer Henni Koyack.
“Pick and choose a few events a year, and you play around that. You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. And you play. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on.
“It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”
As NBC News reported, in a crash in suburban Los Angeles on Feb. 23, Woods, 45, shattered the tibia and fibula in his right leg.
Before the accident occurred, Woods was speeding at more than 80 mph. He then lost control of the Genesis SUV, slammed into a tree, and began rolling over. Authorities said there was no evidence that Woods was impaired or intoxicated at the time of the Feb. 23 crash.
Woods was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and faced a potential 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.”
During his difficult rehabilitation, Woods simply enjoys watching his child as well as listening to birds singing.
“I’m just happy to be able to go out there and watch Charlie play, or go in the backyard and have an hour or two by myself with no one talking, no music, no nothing. I just hear the birds chirping. That part I’ve sorely missed.”
This week, Woods will participate in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.