Published On: Mon, Nov 29th, 2021

Tiger Woods rules out full-time PGA Tour return after car crash as career plans laid out | Golf | Sport

Woods was extricated from the wreck by police and firefighters and remained in hospital until early April. 

The 15-times major champion has not been seen on the tour since but hopes to return on a limited basis. 

He will be moving away from the full-time tour due to the repercussions of his injury and to focus on his family and health.  

“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. Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that,” Woods told Golf Digest.

“You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. 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.

“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 45-year-old’s collision caused a number of serious injuries. 

No evidence was found to suggest that Woods was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

LA County sheriff Alex Villanueva said at the time: “The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway.”

“I have so far to go. I’m not even at the halfway point,” he said.  

“I have so much more muscle development and nerve development that I have to do in my leg. 

“I’m able to walk on my own now but I still struggle going up or down. The next progression is can you walk without a hitch in your giddy up. That’s going to take time.  

“I am able to chip and putt and do other things, swing clubs, but there’s no endurance, because I haven’t built it up yet especially golf endurance. I haven’t done it enough, so I get tired. When that leg my right leg gets tired, it’s time to shut it down.”

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