Tiger Woods hopes to return to golf one day, but ‘never full time, ever again’
Tiger Woods says his days of playing golf full time are over, following devastating injuries to his legs in a car crash earlier this year.
In an extensive interview with Golf Digest published Monday, Woods said he hopes to eventually play a handful of PGA tournaments a 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. Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that,” he said in a Zoom video interview.
“” I can still participate in the game of golf … But as far as climbing the mountain again and getting all the way to the top, I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation of me.””
“It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it,” Woods said, adding “I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life.”
Woods was seriously injured in a rollover crash in Los Angeles in February, and has undergone a lengthy rehabilitation. “I have so far to go … I’m not even at the halfway point,” he told Golf Digest.
Last week, Woods posted a video of himself on social media taking practice swings, with the comment “Making progress.”
Woods has won a record-tying 82 tournaments on the PGA Tour, and 15 major championships. His career was sidelined by scandal and injuries, but he mounted a years-long comeback and won The Masters in 2019 — his first victory at a major in 11 years. Last December, he underwent his fifth back surgery.
Woods is a among a handful of professional athletes to reach $1 billion in career earnings, including sponsorship deals with Nike Inc.
and other brands.