Tiger Woods says a return to the top is not a ‘realistic expectation’

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Tiger Woods raised hopes of another comeback when he posted a three-second video, wielding a short iron with the message, ‘Progress is making.’Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

Tiger Woods says he hopes to play golf again, just not very often, and doesn’t see himself reaching the top of the game again because “I don’t think that’s a real expectation from me.”


He says he can see himself picking a few tournaments to play in, but not full-time programmes.

His extensive video interview with Golf Digest, with which he has a financial relationship, was published Monday ahead of his first news conference since his right leg was badly damaged in a car accident on February 23 in the Los Angeles suburbs.

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Woods is the tournament host for the Hero World Challenge.

The 15-time major champion raised hopes of another comeback when Woods posted a three-second video of him hitting a small barbell with the message “making progress.”

Tiger Woods posted a short video of him swinging the wedge

It didn’t sound like a comeback was just around the corner.

“I have yet to go,” he said. “I’m not even halfway there. I have so much more muscle growth and nerve development that I have to do in my leg. At the same time, as you know, I’ve had five previous operations. So I’m having to deal with it.” So as the legs get stronger, sometimes the back can also lift.”

Woods was recovering from another back procedure earlier in the year when he drove his SUV over a median and it crashed down a steep hill onto a winding, broad road en route to a television shoot at a golf course in a Los Angeles suburb. Fell down ,

Doctors said he shattered the bones of the tibia and fibula in his right leg in several places. Those were fixed in the tibia by a rod. A combination of screws and pins was used to immobilize additional injuries to the ankle and foot.

He last played in the PNC Championship with his son Charlie, and was followed by a fifth back procedure that kept him out of the early part of the year before the accident.

Woods has already made a remarkable comeback, winning the Masters in 2019 after fusion surgery, his fourth on his lower back. He later won the Zozo Championship in Japan for his 82nd career win on the PGA Tour, tying Sam Snead for the all-time record.

“I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to live a great life. After back fusion, I had to climb Mount Everest once again. I had to do it, and I did. This time around, I don’t think I’ll have the body to climb Mount Everest, and that’s okay. I can still participate in a game of golf. I can still, even if my foot heals, I can click a tournament here or there.

“But as far as climbing the mountain again and getting to the top, I don’t think that’s a real expectation from me.”

Woods is to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in March. The Masters is the first full week of April. Woods had no timetable, only that the recovery was proceeding faster than he wanted.

He said that he can imagine a career like Ben Hogan after his fatal car accident. Hogan played a limited program, although he still dominated the majors, winning all three he played in 1953.

“I think something that is realistic is to play tour one day – never full time again – but pick and choose just like Mr. Hogan. Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that,” he said.

“I guess from now on I’ll have to play it like that,” he said. “It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”


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