Tiger Woods is hoping to return to professional golf part-time and has revealed he fears having his leg amputated as a result of serious injuries sustained in a car crash in February.
Woods sustained open fractures to his right tibia and fibula in the accident in California and the 45-year-old said losing his leg was a serious possibility.
The 15-time major champion accepts that he will never return to the sport full-time, but believes he can play occasionally if his leg fully recovers.
“I think something realistic is to play the [PGA] tour one day – never full time, never again – but pick and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did it, âWoods told Golf Digest. âPick a few events a year and you play around that.
“It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality and I understand it and accept it. There was a time when, I wouldn’t say it was 50-50, but it was pretty darn close to it. if I was going to walk out of this hospital with one leg. “
Woods has already been forced to undergo a number of back surgeries, but has recovered well enough to clinch a shock win at the 2019 Masters.
This time around, however, he says he will be more conservative.
âI don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life,â Woods continued.
âAfter my back fusion, I had to climb Mount Everest one more time. I had to, and I did. This time around, I don’t think I will have the body to climb the Mount Everest and that’s okay.
âI can still play golf. I can always, if my leg is okay, I can always click on a tournament here or there. don’t think that’s a realistic expectation of me. “
Los Angeles Police said in April that Woods’ crash was caused by excessive speeds that caused him to lose control of the vehicle he was driving.
Police examined data recorded from the vehicle – a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV – and found it was driving at speeds above 80 mph in an area with a 45 mph speed limit.
It was traveling at around 75 mph when it hit a tree, with officers believing the five-time Masters champion might have inadvertently applied the throttle instead of the brake as there was no evidence of braking.