Tiger Woods opens up on the ‘dark’ moments he went through while recovering from his car crash earlier this year… and reveals he spent THREE MONTHS in a hospital bed after suffering awful injuries to his right leg
- Tiger Woods has spoken about the ‘dark moments’ he had during his recovery
- The 45-year-old star broke both his legs in a horrific car crash in Los Angeles
- He revealed he spent three months in a hospital bed as he began his recovery
- Woods said on Monday he has ruled out a full-time return to professional golf
Tiger Woods has spoken about the ‘dark moments’ he went through during his recovery from a life-threatening car accident.
The 45-year-old on Tuesday held his first press conference since February’s car crash.
Woods, who completed a remarkable recovery from back surgery to win his 15th major title at the Masters in 2019, required surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle following the single-vehicle accident and said at one point he feared that his right leg could be amputated.
Tiger Woods has spoken about the ‘dark moments’ he had in his recovery from his car accident
Woods required surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle after the crash and said at one point he feared that his right leg could be amputated
Woods was hospitalised for three weeks before returning to his home in Florida to recover
‘This one has been much more difficult,’ he said at the Hero World Challenge event he is hosting in Albany.
‘The knee stuff was one level, the back fusion another level, this one with the right leg another level.
‘From wheelchair to crutches to now nothing, it’s been a lot of hard work. There were some really tough times. I am on the better side of it but still have a long way to go.’
Woods, who was found to be travelling at almost twice the legal speed limit when he crashed, was hospitalised for three weeks before returning to his home in Florida, where he continues to undergo extensive rehabilitation.
Asked how difficult his recovery has been, he said: ‘Just laying there. I was in a hospital bed for three months.
‘It’s hard to explain how difficult it’s been, to be immobile for three months. I was just looking forward to getting outside, that was a goal of mine.
‘There were some really tough times and the pain got pretty great at times but I could see some light which gave me hope. I am on the positive side.’
On Monday, Woods ruled out a full-time return to professional golf but said he is still intent on playing tour events.
Woods spoke of his progress and remaining ambitions in the sport, one week after posting a short clip on his official Twitter account showing him hitting balls on a practice range.
Last week, Woods posted a video of him hitting balls for the first time since his car crash
Although he was wearing a protective cast on his right leg, he still showed his trademark swing
He remarkably recovered from back surgery to win his 15th major title at the Masters in 2019 but effectively dismissed the possibility of a repeat, telling Golf Digest: ‘I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life.
‘After my back fusion, I had to climb Mount Everest one more time. I had to do it, and I did.
‘This time around, I don’t think I’ll have the body to climb Mount Everest and that’s OK. I can still participate in the game of golf. I can still, if my leg gets OK, 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.
‘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 play around that.’