Tiger talks ‘painful’ rehab, mum on return to golf


Tiger Woods is in a well-recognized place: in depth rehabilitation.

That was the gist of his feedback in a quick interview with Golf Digest, the primary he has achieved since being concerned in a severe one-car crash in Southern California on Feb. 23 that left him hospitalized for practically a month.

“This has been a completely completely different animal,” Woods stated of his 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.”

Woods declined to reply a query about whether or not he hoped to play golf once more.

Woods was recovering from a Dec. 23 microdiscectomy, his fifth again process and one which left doubts about whether or not he would be capable of return in time for the Masters.

However golf has turn out to be a secondary concern for the 15-time main champion. He had extreme proper leg accidents in a crash wherein he was deemed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division to be dashing when he crossed over onto the fallacious aspect of the street and finally struck a tree at a velocity in extra of 70 mph.

The sheriff’s division stated there was no signal that Woods was impaired whereas driving and didn’t press fees.

The accidents that have been disclosed by medical doctors at Harbor-UCLA Medical Heart have been comminuted open fractures to the tibia and fibula bones in his proper leg, each of which required instant surgical procedure.

He was transferred to a different hospital earlier than being allowed to return to his South Florida house in mid-March to proceed rehab.

There was little info launched since. Woods posted a photograph on April 23 of him on crutches with a solid on his decrease proper leg whereas along with his canine in his yard. One other photograph surfaced final week with him out of the solid however with a compression sock on his leg.

“My bodily remedy has been maintaining me busy,” he stated. “I do my routines each day and am centered on my No. 1 objective proper now: strolling alone. Taking it one step at a time.”

Woods is accustomed to such routines. Along with the again surgical procedures, he has had 5 knee surgical procedures. One preceded his 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines, the place the match returns subsequent month. One other adopted — an entire ACL reconstruction after which he missed 9 months of motion.

A winner of 82 PGA Tour occasions, Woods, 45, has been on the minds of many. Gamers reminiscent of Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have stated they’ve visited him. Rickie Fowler, who did not qualify for the 2021 Masters, stated he watched the primary spherical of the April main with Woods at his Jupiter, Florida, house.

“It has been unimaginable,” Woods stated. “I’ve had a lot assist from folks each inside and outdoors of golf, which suggests a lot to me and has helped me tremendously.”


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