In his first interview since his February automobile accident, the 15-time main champion says his major focus is regaining energy in his injured proper leg
By Daniel Rapaport
Three months after sustaining severe leg accidents in a single-car crash outdoors Los Angeles, Tiger Woods finds himself in a well-known routine: rehab, rehab, rehab.
“This has been a wholly completely different animal,” Woods mentioned of the post-crash accidents. “I perceive extra of the rehab processes due to my previous accidents, however this was extra painful than something I’ve ever skilled.”
The rehab is targeted on strengthening his proper leg, which suffered traumatic accidents when he misplaced management of his automobile on the morning of Feb. 23. In accordance with a report from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division, Woods was rushing when he crossed over onto the flawed facet of Hawthorne Avenue and ultimately struck a tree off the facet of the street. Authorities mentioned there was no signal that Woods was impaired whereas driving and declined to press costs in reference to the accident.
Woods’ accidents included comminuted open fractures to each his tibia and fibula bones in his proper leg. These required rapid surgical procedure at Harbor-UCLA Medical Middle earlier than he was subsequently transferred to Cedars Sinai and, lastly, again to South Florida in mid-March to proceed his rehab from dwelling. Nonetheless unclear is whether or not extra procedures will likely be needed, or if Woods can anticipate to regain full mobility and energy in his leg.
Requested about his hopes of taking part in golf once more, Woods had no remark, however mentioned, “My bodily remedy has been retaining me busy. I do my routines each day and am centered on my No. 1 aim proper now: strolling by myself. Taking it one step at a time.”
Woods is not any stranger to long-term recoveries. On the time of the crash, the 45-year-old was recovering from a microdiscectomy process he underwent in December. It was Woods’ fifth again operation general and the primary since his spinal-fusion surgical procedure in April 2017.
Woods has additionally had 5 surgical procedures on his left knee—the one he famously tore earlier than profitable the 2008 U.S. Open—and most just lately an arthroscopic process to clear scar tissue in August 2019.
A variety of fellow PGA Tour gamers have visited Woods in current months, and the final consensus is that the 15-time main winner is in good situation and spirits, all issues thought-about. Previous to his win on the Gamers Championship in March, Justin Thomas described encouraging texts he obtained from Woods, who was watching from dwelling.
“I’m blissful and I hope he’s blissful, and I at all times admire his assist,” Thomas mentioned. “If you happen to would have advised us after we had been 15, 20 years previous that Tiger Woods was texting us the evening earlier than we have now an opportunity to win the match attempting to encourage us, that’s fairly cool.”
Shortly after the Masters, Woods posted an image to his Instagram web page displaying himself smiling, on crutches and in a strolling boot.
“It’s humorous as a result of in that photograph, the crutches positively make my shoulders look large!” he mentioned. “Possibly it’s the exercises, too. It’s been good being able to nonetheless keep sturdy and work out my higher physique.”
One motivating aspect Woods did acknowledge was the outpouring of assist he’s obtained from all over the world.
“It’s been unbelievable,” Woods mentioned. “I’ve had a lot assist from folks each inside and out of doors of golf which implies a lot to me and has helped tremendously.”
Woods additionally took observe of Phil Mickelson’s historic efficiency on the PGA Championship, describing his longtime rival’s win as “inspirational” in a congratulatory submit.
“Actually inspirational to see @PhilMickelson do it once more at 50 years of age. Congrats!!!!!!!”
Learn the total interview right here