Tiger Woods, undoubtedly one of the greatest golfers of all time, has let people know that full-time golf is no longer in his plans.
In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, the PGA champion spoke about the future of his career after his February car accident. “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,” he told Golf Digest interviewer Henni Koyack over Zoom.
“Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that,” he added. “You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. 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.”
He further went on to say that he didn’t have to “compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life.”
“I can still participate in the game of golf. I can still, if my leg gets OK, I can still click off a tournament here or there,” Woods affirmed. “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.”
Earlier in February, Woods suffered from a serious car crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. It was a single-vehicle collision that left the pro golfer with broken bones and compound fractures in both of his legs. He needed metal rods in his tibia and screws and pins in his ankle and foot to treat the injuries.
Woods has since laid low, only mentioning the incident at his first media showing at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas this week. When asked for more details on the reasons by behind the crash, Woods replied, “All those answers have been answered in the investigation. So, you can read about all of that there, in the police report.”
The police investigation stated that Woods was not found to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Art Daniella Sison