An unfortunate reality: Tiger Woods opens up about life after car crash
- Tiger Woods said that he won't be golfing "full time, ever again"
- But he continue "pick and choose a few events a year"
- The 15-time major winner was part of a Los Angeles car crash in February this year
Speaking for the first time since his car crash earlier in the year, Tiger Woods publically announced that he won't be golfing "full time, ever again" but will continue "pick and choose a few events 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," Woods, 45, said in an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, CNN reported.
"Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that. You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. And you play. 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," the 18-time World Championship winner added.
The 15-time major winner was part of a Los Angeles car crash in February this year, which resulted in severe injuries in both his legs. Woods underwent a series of medical procedures, including surgery on open fractures in his right leg after the single-vehicle crash.
According to reports from the Irish Examiner, the 45-year-old Golf champion was hospitalised for weeks before being discharged. Investigations carried out by the United States law enforcement officials suggest that Woods' car was twice over the speed limit.
Talking about his rehabilitation period, Woods said things as simple as watching his son play or listening to birds sing have taken on greater meaning during the gruelling sessions.
"I have so far to go. ... I'm not even at the halfway point. I have so much more muscle development and nerve development that I have to do in my leg. At the same time, as you know, I've had five back operations. So I'm having to deal with that. So as the leg gets stronger, sometimes the back may act up. ... It's a tough road.
"I'm just happy to be able to go out there and watch Charlie play, or go in the backyard and have an hour or two by myself with no one talking, no music, no nothing. I just hear the birds chirping. That part I've sorely missed."
Woods is scheduled to hold his first media availability at the Hero World Challenge following the crash at 9.00 am ET Tuesday in New Providence, The Bahamas.