The days of seeing Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour every week are almost certainly over … the golf legend just revealed he doesn’t have plans to return to being a full-time golfer again in the wake of his February car crash.
“It’s an unfortunate reality,” Woods told Golf Digest on Monday in his first interview since the infamous wreck earlier this year. “But, it’s my reality. And, I understand it, and I accept it.”
Woods spoke for about 45 minutes on his rehab process and his future plans with golf … and he said while a comeback is in the cards — he says there’s just likely no way the old Tiger’s schedule will ever be seen again.
“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 said. “You pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that.”
“You practice around it, and you gear yourself up for it. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on.”
Woods said his recovery process has been brutal, revealing he was bed-ridden for over three months following the Feb. 23 accident.
Tiger also revealed the initial moments after the crash were beyond nerve-racking — saying he was legitimately concerned doctors were going to have to amputate his right leg.
“I wouldn’t say it was 50/50,” said Woods, who suffered comminuted open fractures in his leg in the crash. “But, it was damn near there if I was going to walk out of that hospital with one leg.”
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Woods, though, has miraculously begun playing golf again … saying he’s been out hitting shots with his son, Charlie, and getting better and better daily.
But, Tiger was adamant a true comeback just likely will not happen.
“After my back fusion, for me, I had to prove it to myself — I had to climb Mount Everest one more time,” Woods said. “I had to do it, and I did it. This time around, I don’t think I’ll have the body to climb Mount Everest, and that’s OK.”
“But, I can participate in the game of golf. I can still, maybe if my leg gets good enough, maybe [I can] click off a tournament here or there.”
“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.”