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Tiger Woods has ruled out a return to the PGA Tour on a full-time basis

Tiger Woods aspires to return to the PGA Tour in the future, but he does not expect to do so as a full-time player, which he described as “an awful truth” that he has accepted in a 30-minute video interview with Golf Digest that was made available online on Monday.

It’s something you practise around, something you prepare yourself for. So I’m thinking that’s the approach I’ll have to use from here on out. It’s a terrible truth, but it’s the one I’m dealing with right now. And I understand it, and I accept it.” “I understand and accept it.”

Woods was involved in a single-vehicle accident south of Los Angeles on February 23 that resulted in open fractures of both the tibia and the fibula in his right leg. When the fractures were characterised as comminuted, it suggested that the bones had been shattered in multiple locations throughout the body. Having had emergency surgery, he was admitted to the hospital for three weeks. Woods said that he was confronted with the risk of having his right leg amputated at that time period.

Police discovered that Woods was travelling around 85 mph in a 45 mph zone on a twisting road when he lost control of his sport-utility vehicle, according to their investigation. A legal breach was not brought against him, and he was released.

It was “damn near there” at one point, Woods admitted in a Zoom interview that began with the smiling golfer striding toward the camera without a noticeable limp inside his South Florida home. “It wasn’t 50-50,” Woods said in the video of the Zoom interview, which began with the smiling golfer striding toward the camera without a noticeable limp, inside his South Florida home.

Woods, who has had numerous back procedures, including a fusion in 2017, returned to professional golf and won the 2019 Masters, his 15th major title, a comeback that Woods spoke about on Monday. Woods has undergone many back operations, including a fusion in 2017.

According to him, “after my back fusion, I needed to conquer Mt. Everest one more time.” “I had no choice but to do it, and I did. This time around, I don’t believe I’ll have the physical strength to summit Mt. Everest, and that’s OK with me. I’m still able to engage in the sport of golf. In the event that my leg recovers, I may be able to participate in a competition here and there. That said, I don’t believe I’m capable of re-climbing the mountain and making it all the way to the summit.

During a press conference at the Hero World Challenge, a 20-man golf event in the Bahamas that supports Woods’ charity, on Tuesday, Woods will make his first official public appearance since the accident.

On Monday, he discussed the many phases of his recuperation that had taken place over the previous nine months. Woods said that one of his first recollections after the collision was of asking for a golf club that he had in his hands while in the hospital, which he received. Later, he was restricted to a hospital bed for three months, with the majority of that time spent at home. Afterwards, he was able to move about with the assistance of a wheelchair, then crutches, and finally a walking boot.

“I’ve had some difficult days and some difficult setbacks,” Woods said, adding that he hoped his rehabilitation would be quicker. “However, I’m making improvement and am now able to walk again.”

Woods shared a three-second video of himself hitting a short iron on a practise range last week, but he was quick to point out that he was still far from being ready to compete in professional golf.

“I haven’t even reached the half-way mark.” The muscle growth and nerve development that I need to achieve in my leg are both very important to me. Meanwhile, as you are aware, I’ve had five back surgery and am now dealing with the consequences of that. When the leg becomes stronger, the back may get more agitated.”

When asked about his 12-year-old son, Charlie, in the video interview, Woods appeared to spend more time talking about him than any other subject. Charlie has been competing in a series of junior golf tournaments, with Tiger Woods making a recent appearance. At a practise facility, the two have also competed in chipping and putting competitions, which they enjoyed. Charlie has received advice from Tiger Woods on the mental side of professional golf, particularly on how to rebound from a poor hole.

It didn’t matter to me how enraged you became,’ I added. For all I care, your head may blow off if it means you’re completely focused on the next shot,'” Woods said. “That is all that is important. It is imperative that the next shot you take be the most crucial one of your life. It should take precedence over just breathing in and out. I believe that once you grasp that notion, you will begin to improve. Moreover, as the rounds progressed throughout the course of the summer, he has grown much better.”

Woods maintained an optimistic and even jocular demeanour throughout the video, however he became more serious when addressing the next stages in his recuperation.

According to him, “there’s a lot to look forward to, but there’s a lot of hard work ahead of us.” “On top of that, I have to be patient and advance at a rate that is aggressive without being excessive.”

Dan O'Brien
I am a journalist for The National Era with an emphasis in sports.
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